Oral health – What to avoid and why it’s so important!

Oral hygiene is so important and should be a fundamental part of our daily routine. Every person slacks now and then but having a poor oral health routine can cause serious health problems.

These 7 tips will help you maintain your oral hygiene:

1. Twice a day brushing
Regular brushing stops the bacterial build-up of plaque. Making sure you brush twice a day for two minutes to keep your teeth plaque free and prevent building cavities

2. Incorrect brushing technique
A common mistake we make is missing areas of the mouth… When you’re in a hurry it can be easy to rush your teeth and not do it properly this often leaves plaque on the teeth and along the gum line – leading to serious oral health issues. In addition, also be careful not to brush your teeth too hard as you can damage your gums. Going in a circular motion rather than back and forth is the recommended brushing technique.

3. Not using the right toothbrush
Just like with anything. Everyone one is different, and may find certain toothbrushes easier and more comfortable to use. Asking your dentist what is best for you teeth and gums and ensure quality cleaning. In terms of bristles softer tend to be better – ideally with rounded heads to prevent aggravation of the gums.

4. Not replacing your toothbrush enough
Once you’ve used a toothbrush for more than 3 months the bristles start to lose their strength and you have a spread it is already past time to replace your brush. You can buy a multi pack so ensure that you never use a toothbrush for too long, keep them near your sink to remind you to change!

5. Not Using Floss
No matter how good your brushing is you cannot reach every area between your teeth. Regular flossing helps remove plaque and food that builds up between your teeth. The build-up of plaque along the gum line is one of the leading causes of gum disease. Daily flossing helps remove plaque and prevent gum disease giving you all round good oral health.

6. Too much sugar
Our diets are the leading cause of tooth decay. The big enemy here is fizzy drinks – as many of us now drink these all day. Drink sugary or fizzy drinks irregularly to avoid cavities. Your oral health will benefit from this a lot. It’s good to be weary about what food and drinks have in them. Even fruit juices that you think are healthy as they are one of your five a day can have SO much sugar in them, so be careful not to drink too many.

7. Not visiting the dentist
Even if your oral health routine is tip top you still should visit the dentist twice a year. Visiting the dentist regularly ensures that any problems that do arise can be quickly dealt with.

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