Brushing Is Great; But You Need To Do More….
Simple morning and evening brushing is not enough to keep your teeth healthy.
“Brush, brush, brush your teeth” is a song that many children know well, sung to the tune of ‘row, row, row your boat’, but is this tuneful advice sufficient to really keep your teeth strong and healthy?
Not according to the British Dental Health Foundation, in a recent report.
Even though it is generally good advice, when done correctly, brushing your teeth should form only a part, albeit an important one, of your daily oral health care. In today’s blog, we offer additional advice for our Chelmsford patients, about what they need to do to really take good care of their teeth and gums.
The fact is that even the most efficient brushing method will only clean a little over half of the surface of a tooth. This means that there are plenty of places where decay can occur. If you brush less effectively, perhaps using an old worn toothbrush, the situation becomes even worse.
Whilst brushing the teeth and gum-line with a good quality toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste is a good start, more needs to be done to protect your teeth and gums from decay and gum disease.
Not just ‘optional extras’
At home, there are two more things which are worth adding to your daily oral care regimen. They are flossing and using a mouthwash.
Flossing, or some other form of inter dental cleaning, is probably the most important. With less than 25% of us doing this, it is probably no surprise to hear that most patients of Blue Sky Dental who have tooth decay, have it in the areas between the teeth where a brush can’t reach. The daily use of dental floss means that this risk is greatly reduced. Our hygienist will be happy to demonstrate how to use this if you find it difficult.
The use of a good quality mouthwash may also help to remove some additional bacteria. Although these may leave your mouth feeling fresh, it should be said that they are, in no way, a replacement for other forms of teeth cleaning.
Share the care
Whilst following the above cleaning advice will provide you with some excellent tools to help keep your teeth in good condition; if you want to really keep them strong and healthy, professional care is essential.
Not only should you keep your regular appointments at our Chelmsford dental practice, but should also add hygienist visits to your list if you do not already see one. A six monthly professional clean (scale and polish) will enable us to remove hardened bacteria from the teeth and gum line, helping to keep your teeth and gums in tip top shape.
With the New Year not far away, why not start your resolutions by making an appointment with one of our experienced dentists at Blue Sky Dental to make sure that your teeth remain healthy in 2018? Please call us today on 01245 211070.