Having good dental hygiene – or oral hygiene, as it is also called – is all about keeping your mouth and teeth clean, and free from the different types of bacteria that can cause dental cavities, gingivitis and bad breath.
Brushing your teeth regularly is essential for maintaining good dental health. It’s very easy for plaque to quickly build up on the surface of the teeth, which can result in your gums becoming red, sore, and potentially begin to bleed – all signs of gum disease.
How should I brush my teeth?
At Esthetique Dental, we recommend that all of our patients brush their teeth twice a day using an electric toothbrush with a small head, which should be renewed regularly.
You should ensure that you use a circular motion to brush your teeth, rather than a backwards and forwards motion, as this can wear away the gums and cause gum recession.
You should brush for around two minutes using a pea-sized amount of toothpaste on the brush, and make sure that all of the surfaces of your teeth feel clean.
How else can I maintain my dental hygiene?
There are a number of ways you can boost your oral health besides brushing your teeth:
- Interdental brushes – these look like mini bottle brushes, which are used to clean in-between teeth.
- Floss – floss is used to clean in-between the teeth, for those harder-to-reach areas that your toothbrush might miss.
- Mouthwash – mouthwash is not a substitute for brushing teeth, but can be used to freshen breath and help combat the build-up of bacteria in the mouth.
Dental hygienist in Shropshire
At Esthetique Dental we strongly believe good oral hygiene is the foundation for a healthy mouth.
Visits to see our hygienist alongside a good, daily oral hygiene routine can help you to achieve excellent oral health on a regular basis. We will tailor make a treatment plan to advise you how frequently you should see the hygienist.
To find out more about how Esthetique Dental could boost your oral health, give us a call or use our online contact form to book yourself in at our practice in Shrewsbury.