Healthy teeth for a healthy you

Oral hygiene isn’t just about keeping your teeth looking clean, but also about keeping your mouth – and the rest of your body – healthy.

How many of us really take proper care of our teeth? Proper care involves brushing for at least two minutes twice a day and after every meal if possible with fluoride toothpaste to prevent cavities. Dental floss and mouthwash can help clean those areas of the mouth that brushing misses; at the back of the mouth, between teeth and even below the gum line. You should even brush your mouth, to get rid of the bacteria that can live in the mouth, causing not just bad breath but other more serious conditions.

Don’t forget that visiting your dentist for regular check-ups and/or thorough sessions with the hygienist is an important part of your oral healthcare routine too. Your dentist will be able to pick up on anything they think you might be doing wrong, and correct it. Or advise a new product that could fix a particular problem you are having. Nothing beats a good clean at the dental office by a qualified hygienist. You only have to think about how clean your teeth feel when you leave the surgery to realise that you can’t match it at home!

Maintaining good oral hygiene will not just keep your smile pretty and your breath fresh, but can stop tooth decay, cavities and gum disease. All these conditions are caused by bacteria that if left untreated can even get into the bloodstream and affect other parts of the body. Experts have often thought there was a link between oral health and general health, which emphasises the importance of following these oral hygiene tips and making sure you visit your dentist regularly.

Young children should be brushing their teeth as soon as they have them, though obviously Mums and Dads should help out with the very little ones. Make sure they don’t eat too many sugary snacks and educate them as to why brushing your teeth is so important. Even when they have taken over the job for themselves, keep supervising them to make sure they are doing a good job! Visits to the dentist are very important for children, as early diagnosis of problems like cavities or tooth decay are essential to treat the condition effectively.

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Make sure you register with a local dentist in the Ealing area to check that your oral hygiene routine is keeping you and your family healthy.

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