How to Keep Your Mouth Clean And Healthy – Professional Tips

If you do want to know how to keep your teeth healthy, then this section is here to help lead you in the right direction.  This page is your starting point from which you will find lots of pages full of professional tips and advice.

There are a lot of questions you may have, for example:

These common questions will be answered for you on the relevant pages.

 

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Dental Care Matters… A free guide to keeping your teeth healthy

How to Ensure Dental Health

Prevention of dental problems is far more desirable than cure.  Once your teeth or gums have been damaged, they can usually be repaired to some extent with dental treatment.  However the teeth and gums will never be as strong as they would have been if kept healthy.

There are several things you need to do to ensure healthy teeth for life.  These are:

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We have advice on what to look for in a toothbrush, just click on the image.

  • A daily oral hygiene routine including brushing with fluoride toothpaste and cleaning between the teeth.  For thorough brushing, spend two minutes twice daily.
  • A tooth-kind diet with limited snacking.
  • Regular check-ups with a dentist.
  • Regular professional cleanings.

 

There a variety of oral hygiene products available for you to use at home.  Ask your dentist/hygienist for advice on what you should use.

Toothpaste- make sure there is fluoride in the toothpaste you use.  ‘Total-care’ toothpastes contain several different ingredients for a range of benefits to the teeth and gums.  There are also specialized toothpastes to help with specific problems such as sensitivity, tartar build-up and staining.

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The chief tools needed for keeping your teeth healthy.

Toothbrushes- use a toothbrush with a small-to-medium sized head and soft/medium bristle strength.  Electric toothbrushes may make cleaning easier and improve plaque control.  Replace the toothbrush/head at least every 3 months.

Mouthwashes- can help improve the health of your teeth and gums.  There are several circumstances where they are important, including gum disease, high levels of decay and inability to clean the teeth properly.  Mouthwashes are not a replacement for brushing.

To clean between the teeth, use floss, tape or inter-dental brushes. New technology like water jets may be of benefit. It is very important to clean between the teeth, otherwise there are large areas of the mouth at risk of tooth decay and gum disease.  Ask your dentist/hygienist for advice.

 

Diet and oral health

In order to reduce the risks of tooth decay and dental erosion, your diet is equally as important as your oral hygiene!  If your diet is very poor, ‘dentally’ speaking, then you are at high risk of decay, even if you are brushing your teeth.  Key points with regards to your diet and your teeth:

  • Cut down on the frequency of sugary snacks and drinks.  Look out for acids in your diet and reduce these.
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    Cut down on the amount and frequency of sugary food and drinks

  • Chew sugar-free gum after eating.  This increases saliva, which naturally cleans the teeth.  Sugar-free gum also helps neutralize plaque acids.
  • Fizzy drinks should be chilled and taken through a straw to reduce damage to the teeth.

There is a lot more advice in the section on your diet and your health.

 

Why Visit the Dentist Regularly

Regular visits to your dentist are a vital part of looking after your teeth in the long term.  Usually this involves visits twice a year, although your dentist may advise you differently depending on your own needs.

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Regular dental check-ups are a vital part of keeping your teeth healthy.

Your dentist will check your whole mouth including your teeth and gums and look for signs of common oral diseases including:

The earlier any problems are found, the easier they generally are to fix. With dental decay and gum disease you may not be aware you have any problem until a lot of damage has been done. If problems are found late, it may be impossible for the dentist to do anything.

Your dentist will also give you personalized, specific advice in terms of looking after your teeth and preventing problems in the long term.

 

A few important articles you may wish to read after this advice on how to keep teeth healthy:

1.  Let’s start with answering why are teeth important and why you should try to keep your teeth and gums healthy.

2.  What can happen if you neglect your teeth?  What are the common dental problems that can result?

3.  What if you have some dental treatment already?  Specific advice for caring for your teeth in this case.

 

How to Keep Your Teeth Healthy: Summary

If you want to know how to keep teeth healthy and gums strong, follow these guidelines:

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    Great tips very effective. It really helped me keep my mouth and teeth fresh and healthy. Hope you continue to write one. Thanks.:)

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