Top tips for oral health

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Get your smile in tip top condition by following our guidelines:

  • Brush your teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste. Once in the morning and last thing at night before you go to bed.  Use a fluoride toothpaste with at least 1350ppm
  • Use a toothbrush with medium firmness, multi-tufted, round-ended nylon bristles and a small sized head.  Aim the bristles of the toothbrush for the point where tooth meets the gum line and use a small side to side action.
  • Remember to brush the inside and chewing surfaces of your teeth, as well as your tongue.
  • Change your toothbrush or head of your electric toothbrush regularly every two to three months or before if the bristles start to splay.
  • Consider an electric toothbrush if you have problems that affect you ability to hold a brush such as arthritis.
  • You can’t reach the tight spaces between your teeth or under your gum line with a toothbrush. That’s why daily cleaning in-between is important.  Use floss or inter-dental brushes daily to reach the areas where you toothbrush cant.
  • Avoid eating sugary snacks in between meals.  Choose raw vegetables, wholemeal bread, unsweetened yoghurt or cheese as snacks.
  • Only drink water or milk in between meals.  Remember that even fresh fruit juice and fruit contain their own natural sugars and acid.
  • Limit sweet food and fizzy drinks to meal times.
  • After the meal: Eating cheese after acidic foods will neutralise the acid environment in the mouth.  Chewing sugar-free gum after meals can also help to neutralise acids.
  • If you do have sweets, eat them all at once. Avoid ‘grazing’ over long periods.
  • Don’t brush your teeth immediately after eating acidic foods or drinks.
  • Get to know your mouth and look for any changes such as white or red patches or ulcers that don’t heal. Talk to your dentist if you notice these.
  • See your dentist regularly to make sure your mouth is checked and you get the best advice on cleaning and diet.

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