During lockdown conditions it was a difficult and worrying time for our teeth and dental hygiene, with many of us missing scheduled dental visits. However, with a few simple actions, you can continue to keep your teeth and gums healthy until you can return to us for your regular examinations and advice on pre-existing concerns. Here is a helpful guide to the continued longevity of your oral wellbeing throughout the pandemic.

Brushing

It’s recommended that you brush your teeth twice or more a day, particularly before bedtime in order to get rid of the plaque and bacteria which builds up during daily eating and drinking. While brushing, it’s important to remember to do so properly. Take your time without rushing, moving in gentle, circular motions and rinsing afterwards.

Try not to neglect brushing your tongue, as this can harbour a large number of germs.

Toothpaste

For whitening and freshness, toothpaste is a vital step in your oral care routine. Toothpaste contains fluoride, which is a leading line of defence against tooth decay.  Fluoride kills the bacteria that can ultimately lead to tooth decay, as well as providing a protective barrier for your teeth.

You can tailor your choice of toothpaste for your specific oral health concerns.

Flossing

Flossing is often neglected, but without it, you might miss those tiny pieces of food and plaque that hide in hard to reach gaps and crevices.  It is known to stimulate gums, eradicate plaque build-up and decrease inflammation.  So don’t let difficulties stop you adding this step to your routine, as ready-to-use dental floss is easily acquired from your dentist, supermarket or pharmacy.

Ideally flossing should take place at least once a day.

Limit Sugar

Sugar converts into acid once in the mouth which can begin to erode the enamel of your teeth if left for long periods. This is the major cause of cavities and decay for most patients within the UK.

Take care to limit or even cut out sugar in coffee and tea, sweets, cakes, biscuits, flavoured drinks, smoothies, sugary cereals, preserves and sauces.

Keeping your teeth healthy at home has never been easier.

We hope you found our guide to the best ways of promoting oral hygiene and mouth health in the comfort of your home reassuring. But if you need more information about oral hygiene routines or any of the items recommended, call us today to book an appointment on 01226 771471.

About the Author: