Top 10 Tips for a Healthy Smile (plus one for luck!)

With evidence that oral health is linked to general health it has never been more important to look after your mouth, here are some helpful tips to help you along your way:

Be a before breakfast brusher:
Due to breakfast foods containing sugars cleaning your teeth before eating your breakfast will help reduce acid erosion. However, if this is not in your nature, leaving an hour between breakfast and brushing will help too.

Be a savvy swisher:
As toothpaste typically contains more fluoride than mouth wash, using it at a different time to tooth brushing would be beneficial, for example after lunch or if you are a before breakfast brusher you can use mouthwash to freshen afterwards.

Get involved with interdental cleaning:
Using interdental aids is the only way to clean the surfaces of your teeth that you cannot see.

Be a fantastic flosser:
This will help remove plaque from below the gum line – place your floss between your teeth, slide under the gum curving the floss around the tooth and sweep upwards.

Be a top toothpaste picker:
Choose a toothpaste that contains fluoride a low abrasiveness will help keep your teeth and gums healthy.

Be a fussy foodie:
Eating foods such as carrots can help remove plaque from your teeth just by chewing them.

Be a top timer:
Brushing your teeth for 2 minutes twice a day is the best way to remove plaque from your teeth.

Be bold with bleeding:
If your gums are bleeding during any cleaning this means that there is plaque/bacteria present and your gums need more help so don’t shy away, clean them more.

Resist rinsing:
Rinsing your mouth out with water after brushing removes the fluoride toothpaste from your teeth. The longer it stays there the better so try just spitting out excess toothpaste.
Be a brilliant brusher:
When brushing your teeth, hold your toothbrush at a 45 degree angle to your teeth splaying the bristles (being careful not to press too hard), this helps remove plaque under the gum.

Be an ace attender:
Remember to regularly visit you dentist and/or hygienist, this will help you keep your top notch oral health and if you have any questions or concerns get in touch sooner rather than later – prevention is better than cure.

Thank you all for reading, happy brushing.

Kirsty