Just a few small changes in the way you look after your teeth can have huge benefits
Although modern dental care offers numerous ways to restore damaged or infected teeth, sometimes it is worth taking a look at our daily habits to see if there are ways that we can help to prevent problems from occurring in the first place.
Our dental team at the Confidental Clinic have put together a few tips that our Clapham patients can apply to their daily lives, which really can help to keep their teeth and gums in good condition. Most of these are simple everyday things that can make a significant difference.
How do you brush your teeth? – Many people simple pick up their toothbrush, apply the toothpaste and then start brushing relatively randomly. This is not the most effective way to brush your teeth and may even cause wear to the enamel. You should make sure that your brush is no more than three months old and a toothpaste containing fluoride should be used. The bristles should be angled slightly towards the gums in order to remove debris and bacteria from just under the gum line, and gentle circular brushing should be performed for around two minutes. When you have finished, simply spit, but do not rinse the mouth with water, to allow the fluoride in the toothpaste more time to work.
Floss – We know that we have mentioned this before, but adding flossing to your daily regime makes a real difference. It removes both food and ‘bad’ bacteria from the spaces between your teeth and helps to reduce the risk of gingivitis and periodontitis. If you find flossing difficult, please speak to the dentist or hygienist about it who will be able to demonstrate it for you.
Drink water – Drinking water has many benefits for dental patients. Not only should this be drunk in preference to high sugar, fizzy drinks that damage the teeth, but also helps you to stay hydrated and reduces the number of bad bacteria in the mouth. Drinking water regularly, and especially after alcohol consumption, helps you to stay hydrated and reduces the likelihood of a dry mouth. Not only will your mouth feel better if you are hydrated, but it also decreases the chances for the bacteria which lead to gum disease, thriving.
Stop smoking – As well as other forms of cancer, oral cancer is a real possibility if you smoke. In addition, badly stained teeth and gum disease are far more likely too. If you smoke out of habit, try swapping your cigarette for a stick of sugar free chewing gum. This has been shown to help remove tiny food debris and bacteria. Just don’t swallow it!
Hygienist – Working on the presumption that patients already see a Clapham based dentist at least twice a year for oral health check ups, now might be a good time to add hygienist visits to your dental schedule. This is an excellent way of keeping your teeth clean and healthy. In addition, we will discuss ways that you can improve your oral health as well as providing a professional clean. This clean, or ‘scale and polish’ not only removes bacteria that contribute to gum disease but provides you with nicer looking and fresher feeling teeth.
To book an appointment with the dental hygienist at the Confidental Clinic, or for other information such as emergency appointments, please call our Clapham dental practice on 020 7801 9060.