6 ways to improve how you clean your teeth

A few easy things you can do to improve the health of your mouth.

Chances are you’re pretty confident about brushing your teeth – after all, you’ve been doing it twice a day for as long as you can remember. However, there are a few easy ways to improve the way you clean your teeth which can help to reduce your chances of tooth decay...

1. Spit, don’t rinse

Rinsing your mouth with water after you brush can remove all the protective ingredients contained in toothpaste, including fluoride which helps to prevent tooth decay.

2. Brush before breakfast, or at least 30 minutes after

Acids from food and drink can soften tooth enamel, and brushing this too soon after you eat can cause damage. Brushing before breakfast, or waiting at least 30 minutes after you eat gives your saliva a chance to neutralise any acids in your mouth.

3. Don’t forget your gum line

When you brush your teeth, try to tilt the tips of the bristles of your toothbrush to a 45 degree angle against your gum line. This helps to remove any debris that may have built up around your teeth. Keep your brushing gentle here, so as not to cause damage to your gum tissue.


Easy ways to clean your teeth better

Brushing teeth properly can make a positive impact on your oral health.

4. Try brushing your tongue

Move your toothbrush in a gentle sweeping motion from the back of your tongue to the front to get rid of any bacteria, dead cells and food particles. This can help to combat bad breath.

5. Keep your teeth clean in between brushing

Using a mouth rinse that contains fluoride may help to prevent tooth decay. This is most effective when used at different time to brushing your teeth, such as after lunch. Mini bottles of mouth rinse are easy to keep at work or in your bag for use during the day. You could also try using sugar-free chewing gum to refresh your mouth after meals.

6. Clean between your teeth

Cleaning between your teeth removes plaque and bits of food from areas that your brush can’t reach, and therefore it’s vital for a healthy mouth. Take a look at our previous post to see the various ways you can do this.

You can find out more about how to brush your teeth properly here. If you have any queries about your particular brushing style or dental hygiene routine, make sure you speak to your practice team.

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