Top Tips For Amazing Oral Hygiene.

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So many of our patients tell us that they used to dread a trip to the dentist. We’re happy to
say they they also say that’s not true since they found us! But we also think that, secretly,
most of us would rather be doing something else when we’re paying a visit to our dental

The truth is, though, that there is a lot we can do between trips to the dentist to make sure
we’re in their chair for as short a period of time as possible. A good dentist doesn’t just see
you every six months – they arm you with knowledge to maintain your oral hygiene
throughout the year … so that every appointment is as easy as … well. Pie. (But maybe a
small piece, given the sugar content)

Maintaining good oral hygiene will prevent infections and ensure that your breath is fresh.
And, if you’ve noticed changes in the way your mouth looks and feels, your current routine
may need updating – so always keep an eye out for things you might be doing differently or

Here are some top tips for amazing oral hygiene that will help you work with your dentist,
rather than avoid them!

1. Use Floss Regularly

Flossing is an important part of any dental routine as it allows you to access hard to reach
places. Food and plaque can get stuck in between your teeth, causing bacteria which can in
turn lead to infections. However, regular flossing will keep germs at bay, so your gums do
not become irritated.

2. Visit a Dental Hygienist

If your brushing routine is not giving you the thorough clean that you need, book an
appointment with a dental hygienist. With this type of care, you can improve the condition
of your teeth and gums, achieve a brighter smile and prevent gum disease. Not only will
they give your teeth an in-depth clean using professional techniques – they can provide
expert advice on how you can keep this up at home, too.

3. Change your toothbrush

When was the last time you changed your toothbrush? If you can’t remember, this is a sign
that it needs to be replaced! It’s best to change your toothbrush every three to four months.
Over time, toothbrush bristles become flat, and this makes them less effective at accessing
those hard-to-reach corners of your teeth. They’ll be less effective at removing plaque as a
result. Freshen up your brush!

4. Reduce your intake of sugary snacks

Eating too many sugary snacks on a regular basis can leave your teeth and gums in poor
condition. Sugar can damage your enamel, leading to cavities and plaque. Try and limit the
number of sugary foods you consume and brush your teeth well to remove any build-up
from your teeth.

5. Eat Healthily

Like every other part of your body, your teeth and gums rely on the fuel you give them. They
love calcium – it helps them both maintain their health and strength. This means milk and
cheese are your friends – or, if you’re vegan, beans and lentils. All these foods are great
sources of calcium – and if you also reduce your sugar in-take, you teeth will be in great

6. Avoid alcohol

Alcohol can actually kill the bacteria in your mouth that usually fight off the kind that
damage your teeth and gums. Not only might that tempting glass include quite a bit of
sugar, then – it will also actively reduce your mouth’s ability to look after itself! That’s why
mist dentists will recommend limiting your alcohol intake … and brushing your teeth after

7. But stay hydrated

OK, so replacing wine with water might not sound exciting – but it is medically
recommended! A dry mouth is bad for your oral hygiene: keeping yourself hydrated
encourages the production of saliva, which includes all the goodies your mouth needs to kill
bad bacteria and foreign microbes. That water bottle is your friend!

Much of this might seem simply, but that’s what’s so magical: flossing, brushing twice a day
with a fresh brush, and eating and drinking well can make all the difference to your oral
hygiene. Not only will that improve your health and keep your breath fresh … it’ll pay
dividends at the dentist, too!

Contact the Smile More team in Solihull for your dental consultation and understand your oral hygiene.