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Top tips for a clean mouth and teeth

February 4, 2013 | Dental Hygiene

Brush 2 minutes twice a day…yes, I said 2 minutes (not 1 minute or 30 seconds or once a day). It really does take that long to clean the majority of surfaces your mouth decently. Put a watch on it, you’ll be surprised, most people clean for less than a minute.

Floss…yes, I know it’s another thing to do but if you don’t, 40% of your teeth are not being cleaned. This is where the majority of tooth cavities start.

Clean your tongue. I would say 95% of patients don’t do this. A couple of quick swipes on the tongue is usually enough.

Reduce your intake of sweets: it will reduce the incidence of cavities, improve your blood sugar and weight.
Drink more water. In moderation, this a great thing, especially after staining drinks like coffee, tea and wine. Want to reduce all that coffee/tea stain between hygiene appointments? Take a sip or two of water after you finish your drink.

Regular maintenance appointments. Seeing your Dentist for a checkup and your hygienist for scaling is truly the dental version of the oil change. Prevention is always the best option.

Get things fixed while they are small (don’t procrastinate). Dentistry tends to operate on an exponential cost scale as things get more involved and complex. Getting a restoration that costs £100 (and is often covered by insurance) is much better for you and your pocket than letting it turn into an expensive root canal/core/crown or implant.

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