Our DB Dental practitioners have some special tips for Dental Week – there’s a new subject every day to help you care for your teeth.
If you’ve never really given your oral hygiene habits much thought, it might be time to learn how to clean your teeth effectively and thoroughly. If you’ve had dental treatments such as bridges, crowns and implants it’s even more important to be sure you’re maintaining your oral hygiene.
How to clean your teeth
You learned to brush your teeth when you were a child…but did you know you need to brush for at least two minutes, and twice a day? And that it’s supposed to be after you’ve finished breakfast in the morning, not before you put your makeup on and pick up a coffee and muffin to eat at your desk?
If you’re too rushed in the morning, take a toothbrushing kit to work with you and clean your teeth after your morning coffee and snack. If you’re too tired late at night to pay attention, brush straight after dinner and skip the late-night snacks.
If you have Invisalign treatment, you need to clean your teeth and aligners straight after any food or drink except for plain water.
The importance of flossing
Flossing is what cleans where your toothbrush can’t – between your teeth. If you have a tendency to forget to floss, do it before you clean your teeth. And remember, flossing is also great for fresh breath – no nasty bits of food hidden away in between teeth.
If you have a bridge or particular dental issues you may also need to use tiny dental brushes as well` – your DB Dental hygienist will show you what you need and how to use them every day.
What about mouthwash?
Not everyone needs a mouthwash, and they’re certainly not a substitute for cleaning your teeth or fixing bad breath. If you have halitosis issues, you need to check with your dentist as you may need treatment or a better cleaning routine.
Saliva is the original mouthwash to protect your teeth and gums. If you have dry-mouth issues, which can happen with some medical issues or treatments, check with your GP for a good mouthwash.
Your DB Dental specialist may also suggest using a fluoride mouthwash last thing at night to help protect your dental enamel. If you’re using any mouthwash, keep it out of the reach of children.