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Good daily dental routine

Updated on October 1, 2012

They say some habits can be hard to break and a good dental routine certainly falls into that category. As we learn to brush our teeth at a young age this habit follows us through into adulthood, and it can sometimes be difficult to change the routine we have established. As a child our parents introduce brushing into our routine and there is usually a pattern that if the parent only brushes once a day they will only encourage this for their child. As an adult we can break this habit and introduce a good daily dental routine.

It is important that good dental hygiene is incorporated into our day to help avoid cavities and gum disease. Prevention is always better than cure. In order to establish a good dental routine you need to make sure you purchase a new toothbrush or toothbrush head every three months. Choosing either an electric toothbrush or manual one depends on the persons preference, the main thing is that it is used correctly. The best time would be to brush your teeth before your breakfast to try and avoid dental erosion caused by the acids in food. If this is not possible then it is recommended that you wait at least thirty minutes after food before you brush your teeth. Acid in food softens your enamel and would cause erosion if you brushed straight after eating. Brushing is recommended twice a day morning and night, for at least two minutes everytime. It is advised that you use a toothpaste that contains flouride. You also need to have the correct technique in order for your brushing to be effective. The brush head needs to be placed half on your tooth and half on your gum line. You need to move the brush in a circular motion several times on every tooth, make sure you do this gently and not too vigorous as you could wear away your enamel. You then need to do the same on the inside of your teeth and also on the biting surfaces of your teeth. It is also advisable that you brush your tongue as this can help to freshen your mouth and remove bacteria.

Brushing is just one part of a good daily dental routine. It is also advised that you either floss or use interdental brushes in order to clean between your teeth. This method removes debris from where your toothbrush can not reach. Flossing is probably the most common form of reaching between the teeth. You can Purchase this from most supermarkets and even dental practices themselves. They come in varied forms from waxed floss to superfloss. Get your dentist to advise which one would be more suited to yourself. Interdental brushes come in various sizes and colours and it is always best to check with your dentist or hygienist to make sure you get the correct size to fit between your teeth. You can purchase these from your dentist of local supermarket. They look a bit like mini bottle brushes and if used correctly can last up to a few days for each one. You could also introduce mouthwash into your routine but the two main factors are that you brush and floss/interdental brushes.

If a good dental routine is followed then this can help prevent not just gum disease but also cavities. It will leave you with a fresh tasting and smelling mouth and hopefully make your trips to the dentist more enjoyable.


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