How to Maintain Good Oral Hygiene

Caring for your teeth and gums is important for your oral hygiene and your overall health. Here, our London dentists share 10 tips for keeping your smile happy and healthy for years to come.

1. Brush twice a day.

Brush your teeth at least twice a day for two minutes each time. Ideally, you should brush when you wake up each morning and before you go to bed each night. 

2. Floss once a day.

When you floss, you remove food particles from in between your teeth where your toothbrush can't. By flossing every night, you lower your risk of developing cavities between your teeth and maintain the health of your gums.

3. Visit the dentist regularly.

You should plan to visit your dentist for a hygiene cleaning and oral exam at least twice a year, every six months. These appointments give your teeth a professional deep cleaning and allow your dentist to identify and treat any issues that may be developing.

4. Eat a healthy diet.

Healthy eating benefits your entire body, including your teeth. Your teeth will stay strong and healthy if you consume a diet that is high in calcium and low in sugar. Leafy greens, carrots, apples, almonds, yogurt, and cheese are a few foods that are good for your teeth.

5. Avoid sugary drinks.

Drinking sugary beverages, like pop, on a regular basis can increase your risk of cavities. Instead, drink primarily water or milk, and try leaving sugary drinks for occasional treats.

6. Stay hydrated.

Water consumption is a key factor in cavity prevention. Maintaining hydration will ensure that saliva continues to flow, washing away food residue that has accumulated on your teeth. This material enables bacterial growth.

7. Add mouthwash to your routine.

Rinsing with mouthwash is a good addition to your daily brushing and flossing routine. It can help to kill bacteria in your mouth that can cause issues like cavities and gum disease. 

8. Replace your toothbrush regularly.

You should change your toothbrush at least once every six months. You may consider replacing it sooner if the bristles have become stiff, or if you have recently fought off a cough or flu. 

9. Don’t smoke.

One of the best things you can do for your oral health is to quit smoking. Not only does it stain your teeth, but it also increases the risk of oral cancer and gum disease. 

10. Examine your mouth at home.

Try to regularly check the inside of your mouth. Make an appointment with your dentist if you see anything that seems abnormal, such as lumps, bumps, or sores that have not healed.

For more tips or advice about caring for your oral health, contact our London dentists today to book a consultation. 

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