How to look after your teeth to avoid problems

Oral Hygiene Regime

The best and most important way to prevent many dental problems is to maintain a good oral hygiene regime at home. Problems such as tooth decay are due to a build up of food debris and bacteria in your mouth and can be prevented with effective cleaning.

  • Brush teeth twice daily for two minutes
  • Floss once daily

Fluoride also mineralises the tooth enamel to help keep the teeth strong and also works as an antibacterial which can reduce the bacteria that causes tooth decay. Incorporating fluoride into your daily regime will help to avoid dental problems.

Regular preventative dental care

In addition to good oral hygiene, it is also important to visit your dentist for a check-up and clean every six months. This allows for the early detection of any dental problem or disease which will help to avoid any serious problems in the long run. A dental hygienist will also perform a thorough clean to remove any plaque and calculus that you otherwise couldn’t do yourself at home and this helps to promote optimal gum health.

Healthy Eating Habits

Foods and drinks with a high-sugar content can have an effect on your overall over time so it is helpful to limit the number of snacks you consume between meals, particularly soft drinks, sweetened fruit drinks and other sugary snacks. Try and choose healthier options and eat a variety of foods from each of the five major food groups. Also drink lots of water!

Teeth Protection

Various kinds of contact sports and activities pose a large risk on your teeth. If it is something you participate in frequently, it might be best to get a professional form of protection fitted to your mouth. A mouth guard will protect your teeth from chips and breaks while a mouth splint can be effective if you clench or grind whilst you sleep. This is something you should discuss with your dentist to determine which form of protection is best suited to you.