Cleaning your teeth properly twice a day goes a long way to helping keep your mouth fresh and your teeth sparkling – but it’s also important to your general health. Read on to brush up on the best ways to protect your teeth with good oral hygiene.
How do I keep my mouth healthy?
Keeping your mouth fresh and clean is important for keeping teeth and gums healthy. Over the centuries people have found different ways of cleaning their teeth. They were handy at upcycling a piece of animal bone or snapping a small branch off a tree to make a brush.
But today there is no end to the range of special toothbrushes you can use, along with interdental brushes and dental floss of various types. Add to that all kinds of toothpastes, mouth rinses and fluoride treatments and if you want some additional power, electric toothbrushes are even better at cleaning.
While it’s easy for us to keep our breath fresh and our smiles sparkling, it’s not just about great oral hygiene, it’s also import for general health. And nobody has ever wanted to be the one with food stuck between their teeth, be it a piece of parsley or a bit of last night’s mammoth.
How can I improve my oral hygiene?
It’s not just about brushing twice a day – how you brush is important, too. You need to clean upper and lower teeth, front and back of each and the biting surfaces as well. And after that, dental floss cleans the areas your brush can’t reach. Check with your DP Dental practitioner if you’re unsure of your technique. You can also find out the recommended brush and paste for your teeth, too.
Checkups should be twice-yearly, or sooner if you have pain or other symptoms. Your practitioner will finish your checkup with a professional clean and polish. Don’t forget that plenty of water and a healthy diet without too many sweet snacks is also vital in keeping your mouth healthy and clean.
Common oral hygiene problems
Keeping your teeth clean is easier if you’re not also dealing with things which cause problems such as staining and bad breath.
Beverages like red wine, caffeine, sugary drinks as well as smoking can all cause staining issues. If you can’t avoid drinks which stain, rinse your mouth with water and clean as soon as possible. Smoking is bad news for oral health on many levels – see your dentist or doctor for ways of giving up.
You can also ask about getting your teeth professionally whitened, either in the surgery or through a special process at home. Check with your dentist to see whether teeth whitening will help with your particular issues.
Halitosis, or bad breath, is an indicator of poor oral hygiene, health or dental issues. Your dentist will be able to investigate the potential cause and suggest treatments.
How do I clean my child’s teeth?
Cleaning your child’s teeth starts when their baby teeth come in, which can be at just a few months of age. Once they’re about two, you will be able to use a tiny amount of toothpaste while brushing and by the time they’re school age they should be cleaning their own teeth, with supervision.
Just because children lose their baby teeth, it doesn’t mean those teeth aren’t important. If they end up with cavities and infections it can cause damage in their permanent teeth, as well as making them uncomfortable and upset.
Taking the time to teach your child good oral healthcare is important for their general health as they grow. Take them for their first dental check at around two – DB Dentists are experienced in making it comfortable for children.