Dental tips for better teeth
01 Aug 2016
BECAUSE it's important to care for your teeth and gums, and keep them healthy, we have put together a series of tips on keeping your teeth clean and healthy that are great for everyone, and will help prevent tooth decay.
For example, did you know, how often you brush, how long you brush for, the kind of technique and toothbrush you use all have a major impact on the effectiveness of your brushing.
Hard bristled tooth brushes are not actually good for you, and it’s always best to use a soft-bristled toothbrush with a small head and a flexible neck because this will most effectively remove plaque and debris from your teeth, without damaging your teeth and gums.
If you have limited hand mobility, you may find a powered toothbrush to be a better option since all you need to do is switch it on, lean the brush gently against your teeth and gums and let it do all the work - and kids love them too.
Timing is everything too. To gain the maximum benefit from brushing your teeth, you should be brushing for at least two minutes morning and night, spending roughly 30 seconds on each quadrant of your mouth.
While you're there, you should systematically clean your teeth from back to front, brushing gently in a circular motion, taking care to brush every part of your teeth.
Always choose a toothpaste that contains flouride, as it helps strengthen teeth, making them more resistant to attacks from sugar and acid, thereby preventing decay - special toothpaste to suit young teeth is available for children.
Lastly, a fact to leave you with - nearly half of the surface area of your teeth lies between them.
If you’re solely relying on brushing, you’re not cleaning a large portion of your teeth effectively, which in turn can negatively affect the health of your teeth and gums - in essence, you need to floss too.