We at Maida Smiles Clinic take a different approach when it comes to looking after our patients. Instead of putting emphasis on treating the damage to your oral health, we like to focus on preventing it.
This is why, today’s blog will discuss the importance of oral hygiene in our day-to-day lives and include some practical advice on how you can minimize your dental visits to once every 6 months.
Long gone are the teen days, where brushing for a couple of minutes without particular care got the job done, when it comes to oral hygiene. As we grow old, it is important that we pay attention to the proper brushing and cleaning of our mouth.
Brushing after each meal, using an antimicrobial mouthwash, and flossing at least once per day helps to keep these disease-causing bacteria from reproducing in your mouth, and causing tooth decay.
The following tips and techniques will guarantee you keep your mouth protected from the billions of bacteria living there at any given time.
– Place your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle against the gums. Move the brush back and forth gently in short (tooth-wide) strokes.
– Brush the outer tooth surfaces, the inner tooth surfaces, and the chewing surfaces of the teeth.
– Use the tip of the brush to clean the inside surfaces of the front teeth, using a gentle up-and-down stroke.
– Brush your tongue to remove bacteria and freshen your breath.
– After brushing, it is best not to rinse your mouth with water or mouthwash, as this removes the fluoride that has been left on your teeth from the toothpaste!
Getting inside all the sneaky gaps between:
– Break off about 18 inches of floss and wind it around the middle fingers of each hand.
– Hold the floss tightly between your thumbs and forefingers.
– Guide the floss between your teeth using a gentle rubbing motion. When the floss reaches the gum line, curve it into a C shape against one tooth. Gently slide it into the space between the gum and the tooth.
– Bring the floss back toward the contact point between the teeth and move the floss up or down the other side, conforming the floss to the shape of the tooth.
– Hold the floss tightly against the tooth. Gently rub the side of the tooth, moving the floss away from the gum with up-and-down motions.
– Repeat this method on the rest of your teeth for optimal oral hygiene.
Adding a mouthwash to your routine is another way of making sure your teeth remain cavity-free. The benefits of using a mouthwash include:
– Freshens breath
– Prevents plaque build-up
– Removes particles
– Stops cavities from forming
However, it is important your mouthwash contains fluoride, for it to clean and strengthen your teeth at the same time. Rinse with the mouthwash, according to the instructions on the bottle, once or twice daily.
Eating and drinking two to four servings of calcium-rich foods a day will help ensure that you are getting enough calcium in your daily diet.
Some of the best sources of calcium include:
– Dairy products including milk, yogurt, cheese, and calcium-fortified beverages such as almond and soy milk.
– Calcium is also found in dark-green leafy vegetables, dried peas and beans, fish with bones, and calcium-fortified juices and cereals.
Incorporate as many as these tips into your daily routine for the optimal oral health your smile deserves!
And finally..don’t forget that coming in for your 6 month check up & hygiene appointment is the only way to help us spot any early signs of disease and infections. Catching these problems and preventing them from becoming more serious remains our number one goal.
Schedule your next dental visit by calling 020 3583 9809 or book online on our website at www.maidasmiles.co.uk