Oral hygiene doesn’t need to be hard, but it is important to understand it a little better in order to give yourself the best chances of protecting your teeth from nasty plaque and cavities. Read on to find out a bit more about the things you can do to keep your teeth healthier and cleaner than ever before.
Brushing your teeth is something that everyone knows they need to do, but don’t do as often as they should. You need to be brushing your teeth at least twice a day and the most important time is before bed, as this is the time of most continuous inactivity and gives plaque and bacteria the most time to build up. You should also brush at another time during the day, but this should be based on your lifestyle. For example you may eat a large lunch every day or sweets after and this would be the perfect time to brush.
Drinking a minimum of two litres of water everyday will not only positively affect your overall health, but also the health of your mouth, teeth and gums. Water acts to clean the mouth by washing away acids, bacteria and plaque. This is also a great way to keep your breath smelling fresh too.
Acidic food and drinks are something that can have a huge effect on your teeth, particularly the protective coating on the outside of the teeth that is known as enamel. It can wear down this layer and make our teeth more prone to tooth decay, therefore it is a good idea to be wary of these foods and drinks. One prime example of this is fruit juices, these are much worse for the teeth in terms of acid because the structure of the fruit has been destroyed leaving only juice, which is quite acidic. Things like juice and soft drinks should be consumed in moderation to avoid impact to the teeth.
See your dentist
Dentists are your friend and want nothing but the best for you and your teeth, therefore it is important to visit one on a regular basis. Think of a dentist as a coach, who can work with you to take the best care of your teeth and identify problem areas. You should be using your visit to the dentist to the maximum by learning as much as you can about your teeth and using this to improve.
About the dentist
Life Dental and Wellbeing is an Exeter dentist that takes pride in a high quality service and an exceptional standard of work.
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