Good Oral Hygiene Tips

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Your toothbrush

  • Always use a soft toothbrush. This will help minimize damage to gums and teeth. Using a medium or hard brush will abrade teeth and gums.

Brushing your teeth

  • Move your toothbrush in a small circular motion over the gum line and teeth.
  • Stand in front of a mirror so you can see what you are doing and to ensure you brush all surfaces of your teeth effectively and that you’re not missing any areas.
  • Supervise and help children under the age of 8 to ensure they are brushing well and to teach them correct technique.
  • Avoid eating and drinking anything other than water after brushing and flossing at night.  Your saliva provides natural teeth protection and flow is reduced during sleep so any foods left in the mouth increase the risk of decay

Floss daily

  • By the age of 12 most adult teeth have erupted and it is recommended that everyone should be flossing daily by this stage.
  • Decay often occurs between teeth so early flossing can help prevent food and plaque sticking and causing decay.
  • Don’t forget your gums.  Floss gently under the gum line until you feel resistance keeping the floss tight against the tooth.

Fluoride toothpaste

  • Help protect your teeth from acid attack by using a toothpaste containing fluoride.
  • Children under the age of 6 should use a specially formulated children’s toothpaste with lower fluoride content.

Mouth rinses

  • Speak to your dentist before using a mouth wash as many have a high alcohol content which can be very harsh.

Tooth mousse

  • It is a specially formulated paste that helps making your teeth more resistant to decaying and reduce sensitivity as it remineralises the teeth surfaces.
  • Better used at night after brushing and flossing.

Educational Video – Brushing

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Educational Video – Flossing

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