Top tips for keeping your teeth and gums clean:
- Aim to brush your teeth for a full 2 minutes, twice a day. Use an egg timer or find a song that lasts around 2 minutes, to help you reach this goal.
- Don’t brush too hard. Try using a circular motion when brushing and grip your toothbrush like a pencil to avoid pressing too hard.
- Change your brush every 2 to 3 months to limit bacteria build up.
- Use a fluoride mouthwash to help prevent tooth decay and get rid of bacteria or leftover food that you may have missed when you brushed your teeth. Avoid eating or drinking for 30 minutes after using mouthwash.
- Never brush your teeth straight after a meal, especially if you have had acidic food or drinks, as the acid can soften the enamel of the teeth and can be worn away when brushing.
- Floss regularly to prevent plaque build up at the gum line and to keep your gums healthy, reduce gum disease and keep your breath smelling fresh.
- Clean your tongue each morning with tongue brush or tongue scraper to help stop bad breath and build up of bacteria.
- Drink lots of water. This can help to flush away bacteria from your teeth, making your breath fresher and your teeth and gums healthier.
- Eat firm or crisp foods, such as apples, raw carrots, celery and (unsweetened) popcorn as these can help clean your teeth in between brushing.
- Cut back on sugary foods, as sugar, together with the bacteria on your teeth, creates plaque which can lead to bleeding gums, tooth decay and cavities.
Remember to visit your dentist and hygienist every six months to help maintain a healthy smile!