When it comes to good oral hygiene, a preventive approach is the key to success. Here are a few simple ways that you can keep your smile bright and healthy for many years to come:
– Brush twice a day: once in the morning and once before you go to bed
– Brush for a minimum of 2 minutes
– Use a soft-bristled manual or electric toothbrush. Avoid hard bristle brushes as they can cause gum recession.
– A toothbrush with smaller head is more effective in hard-to-reach areas
– Mouthwash is NOT a substitute for brushing
– Floss at least once a day to remove plaque between teeth, where toothbrushing cannot reach
– Interdental brushes can be used to clean between between with wider interdental spaces
– Use fluoride toothpaste to reduce decay
– Drink fluoridated water
– Ask your dentist about fluoride application after professional teeth cleaning
– Eat a balanced diet
– Avoid sugary food, especially sticky sweets like caramels and chocolates
– When snacking, choose foods low in sugar, such as vegetables, cheese and plain yogurt
– Avoid slow sipping of acidic drinks such as soft drinks, sports drinks and lemon juice, as they can dissolve the enamel surface. Rinse your mouth with water after.
– Quitting smoking greatly reduces risk of gum disease and loss of teeth
– Remember to schedule regular checkups with your dentist every six months for a professional teeth cleaning.
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