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Maintaining healthy teeth and a good oral health routine throughout your life is not only good for your mouth, but also for your overall health and well-being.

Having poor oral hygiene can lead to a variety of dental and medical problems in the future such as gum disease, cavities, tooth decay, infection, bone loss and more. A good daily cleaning routine paired with check-ups with your dentist and hygienist can prevent these problems as well as provide you with good oral hygiene.

  • Brushing your teeth - Teeth should be brushed at least twice a day with a good fluoride toothpaste for at least two minutes at a time. Ideally first thing in the morning, before breakfast and in the evening before you go to bed. You should avoid brushing straight after a meal or after drinking sweet or acidic drinks like fruit juice.

  • Replacing your toothbrush - You should replace your toothbrush every 2-3 months or sooner if it begins to show signs of wear or after an illness.

  • Flossing once a day - Most dentists recommend a thorough flossing at least once a day. If you tend to get food trapped between teeth, flossing more often can help remove it.

  • Clean your tongue - Cleaning your tongue can help you avoid the build-up of certain bacteria and food particles that can cause bad breath. Use a tongue scraper or your toothbrush to clean your tongue after brushing your teeth.

  • Cut down on sugar - Everyone knows consuming too much sugar can cause tooth decay. Whenever you eat or drink anything sugary, your teeth are under acid attack for up to one hour. It is important to reduce your sugar intake or just limit sugary foods or drinks to mealtimes; this will help lower the amount of time your mouth is at risk.

  • Visit your dentist regularly - Your dentist will suggest how often you need to have a check-up (based on how good your oral health is), some people may not need to visit so often and others may need more frequent checks.  Regular appointments will catch any problems early on, such as tooth decay, gum disease, cavities or even oral cancer. The earlier your problem is diagnosed, the easier it is to treat.

Blaby Dental’s friendly team will be happy to offer advice on maintaining good oral health at your next appointment- talk to your dentist or hygienist for advice!