Following a recent visit to the dentist I was pleasantly surprised that he is bothered enough about the health of my teeth and gums to remind me about how to clean my teeth properly and the importance of flossing. He even recommended that I change from a medium to a soft tooth brush to help reduce the damage to the enamel on my teeth.
As I am on the wrong side of 40, it actually shocked me about the bad/lazy teeth cleaning habits I have adopted and have had to make a conscious effort to go back to basics. This is not to say I do not clean my teeth regularly – always morning and night, I have just stopped doing it properly it seems.
So what did I discover?
- Use the right toothpaste; with so many options available on the market you need to make sure you purchase a toothpaste that is right for you which should ideally be a good fluoride toothpaste.
- The advice I had relating to mouthwash is not to use it after cleaning my teeth. If I want to use it, better to rinse through in the middle of the day.
- Floss; Regular flossing is effective in removing plaque from between your teeth. In my case the dentist believes that 2 to 3 times a week would be sufficient. He did not recommend the interdental brushes in my case as I have very few gaps to worry about.
- Brush my teeth at least twice a day for about 2 minutes and make sure that the movement is vertical rather than side to side. Not forgetting those hard to reach back teeth either. The dentist gave me a great technique to get to these areas.
- Change my toothbrush regularly – about every 3 months. (manual toothbrush)
Visiting a dentist on a regular basis is important for adults and finding the right dentist is crucial. With so many NHS dentists unable to accept new patients, many people are looking to the private dental sector for treatment. Costs will vary depending on the practice and where you live.
The advice I was given is applicable to my dental hygiene and therefore to find out what you should be doing when it comes to your teeth a visit to a qualified dentist is essential.
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