Five ways you can improve your oral hygiene

The importance of brushing is drilled into us at an early age, but many of us still fall into bad habits when taking care of our teeth at home. We've put together our top five tips for maintaining your oral hygiene.

Make sure you’re brushing for two minutes

This might sound obvious, but many of us are rushing brushing and not effectively cleaning all the surfaces of our teeth. There are many ways to ensure you clean for the recommended two minutes, from dedicated phone apps to stopwatches, but one of our favourite ways to pass the time is to use a song around the two-minute mark to measure how much time has passed.

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Looking after your oral hygiene is essential for a happy and healthy mouth 

Floss correctly

Flossing is one of the most popular ways that we clean between our teeth, but the proper technique is still a mystery to many. To effectively clean the surfaces between your teeth, you need to first wrap a piece of floss around your index and middle finger, before wrapping the middle section around the back of a tooth to create a horseshoe shape. Then, simply move the floss backwards and forwards as well as up and down each tooth. This should help to remove plaque and food debris from between your teeth, helping to reduce your risk of tooth decay and gum disease. 

There are other methods of cleaning between your teeth which you may prefer, such as interdental brushes or a water flosser. The important thing is to make sure that you clean between your teeth at least once a day, in order to remove plaque and food debris.

Spit, don’t rinse

Rinsing your mouth out with water after brushing can wash away all of the protective elements of the toothpaste you've just used, including the fluoride which helps to prevent tooth decay. It’s much better to spit after brushing, as this allows the ingredients in the toothpaste to work their magic on the surfaces of your teeth.

Use a fluoride toothpaste

Fluoride plays a key role in the health of your teeth and has been proven to reduce plaque and help to protect the mouth from tooth decay. Using a fluoride toothpaste every day as a part of your daily oral health routine is still one of the most effective methods of helping to reduce your risk of tooth-decay. 

Visit your hygienist as often as recommended

By taking a proactive approach to looking after your teeth in your everyday life, you can help to avoid costly and invasive dental procedures later on. One of the best ways to look after your oral health, in addition to brushing at home and routine dental visits, is regular trips to your dental hygienist. Hygienists are specially trained in preventive oral care and, in addition to cleaning your teeth and gums, they will also be able to help you create a tailor-made dental hygiene routine. This can include recommending specific treatments and products for you to implement, helping to make sure that you’re taking the best possible care of your teeth on a day-to-day basis. 

If you like to have your teeth cleaned regularly by a dental professional for a clean and natural smile, are quitting smoking, or have had a dental implant, Denplan Hygiene helps you to receive regular time with a dental hygienist and makes treatment more affordable with simple monthly payments. 

To find out more about Denplan Hygiene and how it can benefit you, click here.

Published: May 9th, 2016 

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