Tips to keep you smiling
With the right dental hygiene and care, tooth loss and decay can be kept at bay. Here are a few general tips to keep your teeth clean and healthy. Always consult your dentist or dental hygienist for optimal methods for you.
Brush at least twice a day
Brush your teeth thoroughly for around three minutes after meals or at least twice a day. It's recommended to wait roughly 20 minutes after eating.
Use dental floss
Bacteria like settling in the narrow spaces between your teeth. Using dental floss or an interdental brush before brushing helps remove bacteria.
Find the right toothbrush
Nowadays, you can choose from a wide range of toothbrushes. Each serves a different purpose, so it’s best to ask your dentist or dental hygienist which toothbrush they recommend for you.
- Toothbrushes with short heads are designed to reach teeth in the back of your mouth.
- Your toothbrush should have three to four rows of bristles and it should be easy to hold and move around your mouth.
- Replace your toothbrush every two months. An old toothbrush can remove 30% less plaque and may have accumulated bacteria.
- Modern electric toothbrushes clean better than manual toothbrushes. They are also easier for children to use. Their rapid, automatic brush movements can reduce brushing time to two minutes.
Toothpaste not only gives you fresh breath, it also helps to keep your brush clean. Fluoride toothpaste, gels or mouth wash have been shown to reduce the development of caries. Use only a little water to rinse your mouth after brushing, as this supports the protective effect of the fluoride.
Chewing keeps your teeth fit
Snacks which need a lot of chewing, such as apples, carrots or nuts, increase the production of saliva in your mouth. Saliva rinses and hardens teeth. Food that is high in fiber (e.g. fresh fruit, cereal products, and raw vegetables) has a positive effect on your dental health.
Chew gum when on the road
It can be difficult to brush your teeth if you are on the road a lot. Make sure to chew sugar-free gum after every meal for at least 20 minutes – the increase in saliva will protect your teeth from caries by washing away food and neutralizing acids produced by bacteria.
Cut down on sugar
Avoid sugary food or drinks between meals to reduce the amount of plaque bacteria in your mouth. Watch out for hidden sugar.
See your dentist twice a year
Regular check-ups and dental hygiene appointments help reduce tartar and prevent cavities; gum disease can be detected earlier.