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The best ways to keep on top of your oral hygiene

Maintaining excellent oral hygiene is so important when it comes to the health of your teeth and gums. At London City Smiles, we help clients like you improve your dental hygiene, and we’re here to share with you our top tips on how to brush up the way you look after your teeth. Ready to dive in and take back control of your oral hygiene? Let’s go! 

 

Brush Your Teeth Routinely 

Brushing your teeth twice a day is something most of us do without thinking. As a minimum, you should be brushing your teeth when you wake up in the morning and before you go to bed, for around two minutes each time. 

 

Ensuring you brush your teeth thoroughly and evenly prevents the build-up of plaque, bacteria, and halitosis (bad breath). It’s probably no surprise to you that brushing your teeth routinely is our first tip to ensuring better oral hygiene.

 

Floss Everyday 

How many times have you heard your dentist tell you to floss? Well, there’s a reason that dental professionals pester you into this somewhat awkward daily practice! Flossing before you go to bed removes the food that gets stuck between your teeth after meals and prevents it from turning into plaque. 

 

What’s more, flossing prevents cavities from forming and increases the health of your gums in the long run. So, while it’s a tad frustrating, flossing is a key component of improving your daily oral hygiene. 

 

Use an Antibacterial Mouthwash 

Picking up a bottle of antibacterial mouthwash to sit in your bathroom cabinet can make a huge difference to your dental hygiene. Mouthwash provides an additional level of defence against bacteria that are living in your mouth and between your teeth, which brushing and flossing don’t quite deal with.

 

Look for a mouthwash that consists of a fluoride level of between 200 to 250ppm (parts per million), as this helps to protect your teeth from acid erosion that occurs when the bacteria in plaque combines with sugars in the mouth. 

 

Decrease Your Sugar Intake 

Sugar is the nemesis of your teeth. The added sugar that exists within sodas, alcohol, sweets, and chocolate, for instance, all heighten your risk of developing cavities, which are bacterial infections created by excess acid in your mouth. 

 

Cavities then feed off the sugar that you eat or drink, which in turn can lead to tooth enamel decay. One of the best ways to protect your teeth is to eliminate or significantly reduce food and drink that is high in sugar. Switching to diet soda or opting to drink your morning cup of tea without a spoonful of sugar can make a massive difference to your oral hygiene. 

 

Visit a Dental Hygienist Regularly  

While we all know that it’s important to visit the dentist frequently, it’s just as important to schedule regular appointments with a dental hygienist. A hygienist will help you improve your overall dental hygiene and thoroughly clean your teeth and gums to leave your mouth tasting fresh. There are myriad benefits to visiting a dental hygienist, and you will almost certainly reduce your likelihood of experiencing issues with the following: 

 

  • Mouth ulcers and sores 
  • Bad breath 
  • Tooth sensitivity and pain 
  • Gum disease 
  • Tooth decay 

 

No matter your motivation for improving your oral hygiene, scheduling regular appointments with a dental hygienist will help you achieve the results you’re hoping for. 

Are you ready to take back control of your oral hygiene? If so, our dental hygienists are ready to meet you, and you can easily schedule an appointment via our online booking system today.

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