Twice daily mechanical plaque removal is the single most important part of your daily regime, it sweeps away food debris and disrupts the biofilm. Whether your preference is manual or electric make sure that you spend 2 minutes systematically work from one quadrant of the mouth to the other, cleaning all surfaces of the tooth as you go.
If you’re using a manual brush, opt for one with quality, medium bristles and a small head for improved access to all areas of the mouth.
Hi-Tech Products: electric toothbrushes
When using an electric toothbrush we recommend one with a pressure sensor to curtail potentially over-aggressive brushing that can damage the gums and be sure to replace the head once the bristles are no longer straight or are beginning to fray.
Classic Care: manual brushes
You’re probably not aware of it but 40% of the tooth surface sits between the teeth and below the gum line. As such to remove plaque/biofilm from these areas it is necessary to use floss, interdental brushes and/or a water irrigator.
The choice comes down to a number of factors including:
- the size of the gap
- what you feel most comfortable doing
Whichever mouthrinse you choose it is best to use between brushing episodes, otherwise your just rinsing away all the good stuff in your toothpaste.
Ideally, rinse the last thing at night so that the active ingredients are in place and undisturbed for the maximum amount of time.
Things to try: best mouthrinses
Visit your Dentist
In terms of look term health, it is important that any disease is identified early while is it still reversible and action is taken to address the root cause of the problem.
Yes going to the dentist can be expensive but not going can cost even more both in monetary terms and discomfort. Visiting your dentist or hygienist at least twice a year will go a long way to preventing gum disease and other potential conditions.
Diet & Lifestyle
You will often hear lots of contradictory information in respect of a healthy lifestyle, one day coffee may be hailed as the perfect cue for this and then the following weeks we’re just as likely to be told to avoid coffee at all cost.
Fortunately, when it comes to gum health there is pretty broad consensus within the dental profession, namely:
- Avoid high sugar diets
- Avoid carbonated drinks – evening sugar free versions
- Eat lots of refresh veg, but go easy on the more acidic fruits
- Don’t smoke