Updated: Dec 18, 2018
The BBC reported this week on ‘confusion over how best to clean your teeth’, claiming that studies show that advice is inconsistent regarding how often and how long to brush for. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-28689887
Despite various methods being promoted amongst dental professionals, one thing is clear and consistent – the need to brush your teeth regularly is fundamental to the health and longevity of your teeth and gums. At least twice a day and for at least 2 minutes is strongly advocated by most dental professionals, as it is here at College Street Dental Centre, Petersfield.
The Daily Telegraph on the same day also reported similar confusion, stressing that techniques and trends over how to brush seem to change from time to time. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/journalists/rebecca-smith/11021049/Best-method-for-brushing-teeth-revealed.html
Although trends on ‘how’ seem to change, the ‘what’ remains constant: Use Flouridated toothpaste to help strengthen the enamel and minimise the erosion. Using disclosing tablets, especially for children, can often help to identify the areas in the mouth that are regularly being missed and require particular attention. These can be found in most chemists or from your dentist.
Good oral hygiene extends beyond simply the mouth, with many studies revealing a link between good oral hygiene and a reduced risk of heart disease and even Alzheimer’s disease.
Finally, don’t neglect your toothbrush! Keep your toothbrush as clean as possible so as not to harbour bacteria that can spread to the mouth. Here are a few tips how:
1. Use Mouthwash before You Brush
Mouthwash doesn’t just keep your mouth clean; it can also get rid of germs that would otherwise end up on your tooth brush.
2. Rinse Toothbrush after Brushing
Run the brush underneath the tap and run your fingers through to remove any remaining toothpaste and food particles, allowing it to fully dry before next using it.
3. Get Another Brush After You’ve Been Poorly
It generally takes longer for your toothbrush to “get better” than your own body. The brush that you’ve used to clean your teeth during your period of illness will cling to the bristles even after you’ve recovered.
4. Even When Healthy, Get another Brush Every Few Months
It is recommended that you replace your tooth brush every 3 months. Not only do bristles get worn down and become increasingly useless, but bacteria accumulates on the brush,
5. Don’t share tooth brushes.
Sharing a toothbrush, even with your nearest and dearest is a sure-fire way of spreading germs.
For more information on looking after your teeth and gums visit our website on www.smileabout.co.uk or come and see one of our dentists by phoning 01730 263180.
For further information or advice contact College Street Dental Centre in Petersfield, Hampshire on 01730 263180