Good Oral Health Made Easy

On 7 May 2014    

We know it’s not always easy to keep good oral health with a busy schedule. So we’ve designed a daily routine for you, that when combined with regular checkups to your Smiles dentist, will keep your teeth healthy and bright. If you have any questions on oral health, drop into any of our 18 clinics all around the island of Ireland and a member of our team will be happy to help you.

In the Morning
A good start is half the battle, and the same goes for oral health. Begin your daily oral health routine with flossing before brushing.
Flossing is an important accompaniment to brushing your teeth. Flossing removes the stubborn bits of food and plaque that brushing leaves behind. You should always floss before you brush your teeth.
Here’s how to floss properly:

• Take approximately 12 to 18 inches of floss and hold so it is taught in your hands

• Slip the floss between the teeth and the gum and floss with eight to ten strokes, up and down, between each tooth

• Floss at least once a day and especially before going to bed

Once your teeth are nicely flossed, proceed to brushing and notice the extra clean feeling.

In the Afternoon
Just because you’re in work, or on the move doesn’t mean you can’t take steps to protect your oral health. Simply bringing a spare toothbrush and toothpaste to work with you in your bag and brushing your teeth during the working day will greatly help your oral health. It’s best to wait around 30 minutes after you’ve eaten to brush. Brushing our teeth is something we all do everyday, but have you been doing it correctly? Here’s how:

• Brush your teeth at least twice a day for two minutes with fluoride toothpaste

• Brush your teeth before your breakfast in the morning and last thing at night

• Brush at a 45-degree angle against the gum line and brush away from the gums

• Gently brush the outside, inside and chewing surface of all your teeth with small circular motions

If brushing your teeth during the day isn’t an option, try mouthwash. A quick rinse with a fluoride mouthwash 30 minutes after lunch or a snack can prevent plaque build up and gum disease.

Evening Time
It’s recommended to brush your teeth at least twice a day for at least two minutes and change your toothbrush every three months. Time yourself next time you brush your teeth, are you under two minutes? Probably so, putting in the extra time makes a big difference. In the evening time, when your dinner, snacks and cups of tea etc are all done, simply floss and brush your teeth again before bed.

Good Oral Health is a choice
It’s easy to maintain good oral health, the simple steps outlined above and regular checkups with your Smiles dentist will keep your teeth, mouth and gums healthy and fresh.

Tooth-Friendly Foods?
Your diet plays a huge part in your oral health. Certain foods are tooth-friendly and can help keep your teeth healthy in between brushing and flossing.

• Crunchy foods such as apples and carrots have abrasiveness or natural acids that can lift stains from the teeth

• Green tea can help to reduce the risk of plaque, cavities and gum disease. It also contains fluoride

• Prevent bad breath and increase your overall oral cleanliness by gently brushing your tongue

• Foods that are rich in calcium such as milk, cheese and yogurts are always good as they strengthen bones and teeth

• As well as regular brushing, flossing and healthy diet, regular checkups with your Smiles dentist are essential

For more information contact your local Smiles Dental clinic.

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