In order to keep your mouth both healthy and clean you should follow a regular routine of both brushing and flossing your teeth. This will stop plaque build up, which ultimately leads to dental decay and gum disease, as well as problems with bad breath and tooth loss.
What are the effects of a good oral hygiene routine?
Regular oral hygiene for patients from Birkenhead can improve your life in ways that most people wouldn’t consider. We all know about gum disease and perhaps bad breath, but good oral hygiene will also make sure that both your speech and eating functions stay intact. Your teeth will last longer, you will need less dental treatments and you won’t be embarrassed by bad breath, bleeding gums, discoloured teeth or, even worse, missing teeth.
How else can you improve your oral hygiene?
As well as flossing and brushing, a healthy diet is also important. Avoid sugary, acidic and sticky foods and eat more foods that are high in fibre, rich but not sugary and fruits that contain a lot of water such as melons and grapes. When you want to reach for a sugary drink, try to replace it with either water or milk, which are much kinder to teeth.
Apart from the advice already mentioned above, to keep your mouth healthy go to your dentist regularly, at least every six months, and take advantage of professional dental cleaning as this is much more effective that only cleaning your teeth at home. Have regular checks for any diseases or illnesses and make sure, if you need a treatment such as a filling, you have it as soon as possible.
If you are concerned about your oral hygiene or would like more help or advice do speak to your dentist.