Good oral hygiene is vital for the health of your teeth and gums, and the result of great dental hygiene is of course a healthy happy smile and beautiful teeth which can have a positive impact on your confidence. Taking care of your teeth can help you to avoid things like gum disease and tooth ache which can potentially lead to other health issues.
Luckily there are several simple steps that you can take to make sure that you maintain great oral health and here are the Dublin dental clinic’s top 5 dental hygiene tips to help you achieve that perfect smile.
1.Brush Your Teeth
It is important to get into a good routine when it comes to brushing your teeth, don’t just give them a quick brush as you are passing the bathroom – make sure that you are doing it properly. It is important that you concentrate to make sure that you are brushing all of your teeth and not missing any areas of your mouth. Make sure you that you brush your teeth a minimum of twice a day – although three times would be even better!
2.Check Your Technique
You should be aiming to spend at least 2 minutes brushing your teeth; that’s 30 seconds of brushing time for each quadrant of your mouth. Think top left, top right, bottom left and bottom right. You might think you are already doing this but try timing it, you could be surprised. Make sure that you use the correct type of toothpaste too. Your dentist can advise you on this if you are not sure. Choosing the correct toothbrush is also really important, you should be looking for something with a head and bristles that are small enough to help you reach all the crevices of your mouth.
Flossing should play a no less important role in your dental hygiene routine than brushing. It is important, however, that you use the correct technique as this will help you to get rid of any germs that are lurking in the tiny spaces between your teeth. Start with a piece of floss that is around 18 inches in length, this will give you the ability to use a fresh bit of floss every couple of teeth and avoid reintroducing bacteria you have already removed. Good flossing technique means that the floss should rub against the teeth going backwards and forwards whilst making a “C” shape which will allow the floss to wrap around each tooth.
Brushing your teeth takes care of the surfaces and flossing takes care of the tiny spaces between your teeth, everything else can be taken care of with mouthwash. Using a mouthwash can help rid your mouth of the tiny bits that can irritate your gums and cause bad breath. Make sure that you add mouthwash to your oral care routine to give your mouth the most thorough clean you can.
Don’t skimp on the visits to your dentist. Make sure that you find time to visit your dentist twice a year for a check-up. Regular check-ups will not only ensure that you are keeping your teeth in the best condition possible, but it also ensures that any other issues are spotted promptly and can be dealt with before they get worse. Your dentist will be happy to help you with any concerns you might have with your teeth.
Make sure that you don’t miss your check-ups, stick to a good oral hygiene routine and you’ll be happy to show that wonderful smile to the world.