Smile Cliniq Oral Health Advice | Award Winning London Dentist
A Patient’s Guide to Better Oral Health By Smile Cliniq
You may think that maintaining good oral health hygiene sounds easy and involves only brushing your teeth. In reality, it means much more than just brushing. It involves correct tooth brushing, flossing, inter dental brushing, a healthy diet and maintaining a correct daily fluoride intake. All of these procedures carried out along with regular dental checkups will not only enhance your beautiful smile and self-esteem but can also prevent problems in the future.
Good oral hygiene helps prevent dental problems such as tooth decay and plaque deposits which is a main cause of gum disease. Brushing removes plaque from the large surfaces of the teeth and from just under the gums. Flossing and interdental brushing is also important as it removes plaque from between your teeth where your toothbrush cannot reach.
This guide is designed to help you develop and maintain a complete oral hygiene programme. Below is an easy to follow step by step instructions on correct brushing, rinsing and flossing techniques.
How to brush
Flossing is essential in your every day oral hygiene as it removes plaque and food particles from in between your teeth and under the gum line where toothbrush cannot reach. Plaque build up can lead to tooth decay and gum disease and daily flossing is therefore recommended.
Flossing incorrectly can have the same effect as not flossing at all and, if it is done incorrectly, it can damage your gums.To receive maximum benefits from flossing, use the following technique:
After you first start to use floss, your gums may bleed a little as you start to get rid of the buildup of plaque. However, you should continue flossing your teeth, as the bleeding should stop by the fifth or sixth time you floss. If you are still experiencing regular bleeding after this, tell your dentist.
Many people find inter dental brushes easier to use than floss. The brushes have small, bristled heads that are specially designed to clean between your teeth removing plaque and food particles that brushing missed. They can be used instead of floss or when gaps between your teeth are slightly bigger. They are available in different widths to match the sizes of the gaps. The most well known and recommended brand are the TePe inter-dental brushes and they can be purchased from us.
Many people also clean their tongue after cleaning their teeth. You can do this with a toothbrush or you can buy a special plastic tongue scraper. Cleaning the tongue as part of your daily oral hygiene is essential, since it removes the white/yellow coating of bacteria, decaying food particles and fungi. Tongue cleaning also removes some of the bacteria which generate tooth decay, bad breath and gum problems. A high percentage of bacteria accumulate in the inaccessible area of the back of the tongue. Tongue bacteria produce fatty acids and accounts for 80 to 90 percent of all cases of bad breath. Clean this area gently with an efficient tongue cleaner specifically designed to do the job perfectly.
As with toothpaste, your choice of mouthwash will be guided by your mouth care needs and your personal preferences. Over the counter mouthwashes can freshen the breath, add fluoride or kill the bacteria that cause decay and gingivitis. A mouthwash reaches places that brushing cannot. Use twice a day: in the morning brush before breakfast and perhaps use the mouthwash after breakfast and at night use last thing, after brushing. When buying a mouthwash opt for a fluoride, alcohol-free mouthwash.
REGULAR DENTAL CHECK-UP
In addition to good home regime of oral hygiene, you should visit your dentist and hygienist regularly as recommended by them. This will ensure you are using the correct oral hygiene techniques and will detect any problems with your teeth and gums early before they can get worse and lead to extensive and expensive treatments.
Fluoride is the best cavity fighter you can find, giving a lifetime of bright smiles! It keeps the whole family’s teeth strong – no matter what their age.
How fluoride works?
Every day, the enamel on your teeth is attacked by acids produced in dental plaque and your diet. These acids can erode through the enamel and result in decay. That is where fluoride comes in. As it reaches your teeth, fluoride is absorbed into the enamel. It helps to repair the enamel and prevent tooth decay. It can even help stop the decay process.
You can get the benefits of fluoride from a variety of sources. At home, you should brush with fluoride toothpaste at least twice a day. Fluoride rinses can also provide additional protection. Your dentist can apply fluoride to your teeth in the surgery if necessary.