With Valentine’s Day coming up, we wanted to share these great ‘Love your mouth’ top tips for a kissable mouth from The British Dental Health Foundation. Read on and discover how you can win hearts by keeping your smile in great shape.
You know you should, but it’s amazing how easy it is to forget to brush your teeth. To get the maximum benefit from brushing, you should brush twice a day: once last thing at night and at least one other time during the day. Use a fluoride toothpaste and don’t rinse after brushing – that way the fluoride can protect your teeth from decay for longer.
Brushing may help the surfaces of your teeth you can see, but what about the bits you can’t? Cleaning in between your teeth with floss or interdental brushes is one of the best ways to love your teeth. There are many different types of floss and interdental brushes, so keep experimenting until you find the one that’s right for you. If you need advice on how to floss, talk to your dentist.
Brushing straight after you’ve eaten or drunk a cup of coffee may seem like a good way to protect your teeth from plaque and stains. But, in fact, brushing within an hour of eating or drinking some foods can do more harm than good.
The best way to freshen up your mouth straight after eating is to chew gum. Look for sugar-free brands, many of which contain xylitol; a natural sweetener that helps stop bacteria sticking to teeth.
How long has your brush been sitting in its glass on the bathroom sink? If you can’t remember, it’s probably time to invest in a new one. Treat yourself to a new toothbrush every three months or less. You should also change your toothbrush if you’ve been ill.
If you have a sweet tooth, keep it in check by only having sugary drinks and foods at mealtimes. This way you’ll reduce the amount your teeth are at risk from harmful acids. If you need a snack in between meals, choose an alkaline food such as cheese, nuts or raw vegetables.
It’s important to have dental check-ups as often as your dentist recommends so they can spot any problems early and treat them. If you notice any of the following changes to your mouth, you should visit your dentist sooner:
Have a happy Valentine’s Day!
Posted by Oak Mount Dental Practice
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