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The Ultimate Guide to Daily Oral Care

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The Ultimate Guide to Daily Oral Care

Maintaining good oral health is essential for a confident smile and overall well-being.

A solid daily oral care routine is the cornerstone of a healthy mouth, preventing issues such as cavities, gum disease, and bad breath.

In this comprehensive guide, we will walk you through the essential steps for optimal daily oral care to help you achieve and maintain a radiant and healthy smile.

Consistent and proper brushing is fundamental to removing plaque and preventing cavities. Electric toothbrushes are more effective than manual ones if used properly. Choose a small, round, oscillating head and pause on each tooth, just above the gum line, for 3 seconds per tooth. Do not move the brush, the oscillation is doing its job. Ensure to cover every surface of each tooth and use mild/firm pressure on the gums. Do not scrub. Remember to brush the tongue and roof of your mouth to eliminate bacteria that cause bad breath.

Interproximal (in-between) cleaning is often overlooked, but it is crucial to remove plaque in areas that your toothbrush cannot reach and will help to prevent gum disease. You can use TePes (small bristled brushes) and floss pulled taut to gently remove plaque and debris. TePes come in various sizes designed to accommodate different gaps in the teeth. They should be gently massaged on the gum for around 5 brush strokes back and forth. Taut floss should be gently pulled up one side of the tooth, looped around the gum margin and pulled back down the adjacent tooth’s side. You should not use a sawing motion as this can damage the gum. 

Bleeding gums are often accompanied by interproximal cleaning. Don’t let this put you off! This indicates that there is some inflammation present due to early or advanced gum disease. By being consistent with in-between cleaning, inflammation and bleeding can be reduced and even eliminated. This is because the plaque and bacteria that cause the inflammation (a normal human response) are being removed.

Mouthwash is a great accompaniment for your oral health routine but is not necessary. It should be treated as an extra step that simply helps to reduce bacteria and fight bad breath. Choose a mouthwash that suits your specific oral health needs, and use it as directed on the label.

A balanced diet rich in vitamins and minerals plays a vital role in maintaining oral health. Consume foods high in calcium, such as dairy products and leafy greens, to support strong teeth and bones. Limit sugary and acidic foods, as they can contribute to enamel erosion and tooth decay.

Drinking plenty of water throughout the day helps flush away food particles, bacteria, and acids that can harm your teeth. Water also helps maintain saliva production, which is crucial for neutralising acids and protecting your teeth.

Schedule biannual dental check-ups and cleanings to detect and address any potential issues early on. Professional cleaning will remove plaque and tartar that is simply impossible to remove at home, no matter how good your techniques are!

Consider using a mouthguard to protect your teeth from potential damage, especially if you play sports or grind your teeth at night. Custom-fitted mouthguards are the best for optimal protection.

Top tips for maintaining a healthy smile.

  • Brush twice a day
  • Use an electric toothbrush
  • Clean in-between teeth daily
  • Don’t let bleeding gums stop you
  • Mouthwash can help keep breath fresh
  • Reduce sugary and acidic food and drink
  • Drink water
  • See your dentist every 6 months
  • Use a mouthguard to protect your teeth
  • Commit to being consistent

Will you commit for a brighter, healthier smile?

Incorporating these practices into your daily routine will contribute to a healthier, brighter smile. Consistency is key, so commit to prioritising your oral health. Remember, a little effort each day goes a long way in preventing dental issues and maintaining a confident and radiant smile.

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