It is never too late to start taking care of your dental hygiene. We have compiled the top 5 tips to help keep your teeth clean and your hygiene on top of its game.
Avoid food and drinks with lots of sugar
Sugary drinks are one of the biggest causes of tooth decay and high consumption will result in plaque build up on your teeth. Therefore, restricting your consumption of food and drinks with high sugar content can definitely have a positive impact on your oral hygiene. Carbonated drinks can also lead to tooth erosion over time so sugar free alternatives are sometimes just as bad for your teeth.
Make sure you purchase the right toothbrush for you
Studies have shown that electric toothbrushes are more effective at removing plaque. By brushing all parts of your mouth and surfaces of your teeth, you are battling plaque effectively. Perhaps you want to purchase an electric toothbrush, as some with mobility issues have found the handling of such brushes easier. In addition to this, some electric toothbrushes have modern functions such as a built in timers to make your life easier. Or maybe you may have sustainability on your agenda, and rest assured – there are many options here with some manual toothbrushes specifically being made from sustainable materials.
Choose the right toothpaste
Fluoride is the key ingredient in toothpaste for good oral hygiene. Ideally, as an adult you should be aiming to find a toothpaste that contains at least 1,350 ppm fluoride. This fluoride is important as it is a mineral that occurs naturally and helps prevent tooth decay. As well as this, it is important to know how much you should be using on each brush! Although it might be tempting to cover your brush completely in toothpaste, it is really only necessary to use a pea-sized amount to properly clean your teeth. If you are after a specific recommendation, why not try the specialists at Sherwood Park Dental Practice based in Sutton, who can specify a toothpaste after checking your teeth?
Boost your dental routine with floss
Alongside removing left over food from between your teeth, floss can also seriously bolster your oral routine and helps to keep gums healthy. Did you know that it is actually better to floss before brushing your teeth? Make sure your either using dental floss or tape and that you have enough to hold a couple of inches tight in your hand. You should slip it individually between each tooth and slide it up and down for about 10 strokes. This dislodges both food and plaque from your tooth. Or, if floss does not work for you – why not try interdental brushes – individual brushes which allow a lot more flexibility for you to get into each tooth and the gum line.
Complete your dental routine with mouthwash
Mouthwash is an excellent tool to freshen your teeth and improve your oral hygiene! Especially if you are prone to cavities, a fluoride mouthwash can bring added protection to your oral hygiene. Or, if you are more concerned with plaque build up, a mouthwash with anti-plaque ingredients can help prevent this. Again, it is always best to consult a professional for more tailored recommendations.