Good oral hygiene is vital! The biggest cause of tooth loss in Ireland is gum disease, and gum disease is almost entirely preventable with a good oral hygiene regime. Good oral hygiene will help to prevent bad breath as well as gingivitis and periodontitis.
So, what do you need to do?
To begin with, you must remember that good oral health is not something that can be delivered with just two visits to the dentist a year! You need to take responsibility for your own oral hygiene.
We recommend brushing at least twice a day for a minimum of two minutes each time, using a fluoride toothpaste. (Two minutes is a lot longer than you think – time it!) Also, use floss or inter-dental sticks once a day to help clean in between your teeth, where your toothbrush just can’t fit.
Your toothbrush really only cleans about half of all your tooth surface area and using floss or inter-dental sticks will help to reach those parts that your toothbrush is missing. We know that it can be tricky getting to grips with floss so next time you visit the dentist or hygienist why not double check with them that you are using it correctly? If you’re struggling, we may be able to recommend an alternative which will make it easier for you to keep up a satisfactory level of oral hygiene.
Don’t be fooled into thinking that because your teeth maybe white and straight that you’ve got great oral hygiene! They make look fantastic but without a comprehensive and daily oral hygiene regime there can be problems lurking under the surface. Likewise, just because teeth are crooked or yellow, it doesn’t mean that there are poor levels of oral hygiene.