You may brush your teeth twice a day, but what else can you do at home to ensure your oral health is the best it can be?
Let’s dive into some top tips that you can do from the comfort of your own home, to ensure your oral health is as good as it can be.
1. Drink enough water
Mouth dryness increases biofilm (plaque) accumulation which puts you at risk of both tooth decay & periodontal (gum) disease. Drinking plenty of water and keeping well hydrated has a number of health benefits for your entire body. In your mouth, it keeps sensitive tissues moist, and promotes the healthful action of saliva.
2. Don’t brush too hard or too often.
You’d think brushing your teeth more would actually be better right? Well, not exactly. Brushing your teeth too often and too hard can cause damage to the root surfaces of your teeth by abrasing them. When exposing roots it can make your teeth more sensitive and put your teeth at greater risk of decay. If you are wanting something between brushing your teeth in the morning and in the evening to freshen up, eat something fibrous like carrots.
3. Floss Daily.
Brushing alone actually doesn’t get rid of food particles stuck in between teeth. Brushing without flossing is like washing your hands with no soap! Make sure you are not neglecting this part of your daily routine.
4. Don’t eat or drink straight after brushing.
Eating and drinking soon after brushing your teeth can weaken your tooth's enamel, the rule of thumb being don’t eat or drink for at least 30 minutes after brushing your teeth. Your teeth will thank you for holding off!
5. Stay up to date with your dental appointments.
A good time frame to go see your dentist for a deep clean and check up is every 6 months, this helps to get a really good clean whilst ensuring you stay on top of any other issues.
6. Watch your diet.
It may sound obvious that too much sugar = rotting teeth! But honestly one of the best ways to avoid cavities is to watch what you are consuming, having a healthy diet is something your body and your mouth will thank you for! Large amounts of citrusy foods like oranges and lemons can also do harm.
Following these simple tips will help you make sure you aren’t ending up at the dentists every month with cavities or in need of root canals! Don’t underestimate how important oral hygiene is and if you ever have the slightest concern give your dentist a call.