How do I improve my oral hygiene?

The chance of developing health problems such as tooth decay, tooth loss, bad breath and gum disease can all be reduced by keeping our teeth and gums healthy throughout our lives.

Simply brushing your teeth daily is essential for maintaining a good standard of oral hygiene. Brushing twice daily or even after every meal will remove the build-up of food debris and plaque within the mouth. Plaque is layers of bacteria on the teeth and gums that, when supplied by nutrients by food in our mouth, convert some of this food into acid. This acid can weaken tooth enamel, which is vital for protecting our teeth and can lead to the formation of cavities. If plaque isn’t removed by brushing it can harden to form a tough tartar that can only be treated by a dentist.

Making small changes to your diet can also significantly improve your oral health. By reducing certain foods such as sugar from our diet, which can damage the teeth and gums if eaten excessively, you will notice vast improvements and help keep your mouth in top health.

If you have already experienced health problems in the past, such as tooth loss and now wear a full or partial denture, it is still important to maintain a good oral hygiene in order to protect your gums, mouth tissue, tongue and remaining natural teeth.

While dentures aren’t susceptible to tooth decay from plaque acid, it’s vital you clean your dentures to remove food debris and plaque build up to prevent bad breath, stains and ensure they continue to fit correctly. Its recommended dentures need to be removed for a minimum of eight hours to give your gums a chance to rest. This will prevent chronic irritation and reduce the chance of tissue infection.

Removing your dentures will keep your dentures clean and free from adhesive build-up, and if partial dentures are worn, it will also help keep the supporting natural teeth strong and healthy.

When brushing your mouth and teeth, remember to brush thoroughly, including the gums and tongue to remove bacteria that can cause bad breath. Flossing once a day will remove food trapped between teeth and dislodges plaque from difficult areas between teeth. First floss the top row of teeth, then the bottom and remember to rinse your mouth afterwards.

If you’re unsure about your current dental care routine, speak to your clinician who will be able to advise you. For a free consultation use the CDT search facility on this website to find your nearest clinic.