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How to keep your teeth clean and healthy

healthy teeth smilingAs it’s National smile month it’s time to grin and show off your sparkling smile!

However having clean and healthy teeth are not just a matter of vanity but more of a necessity as bad breath, build up of bacteria and even gum disease can all be brought on from not having a good brushing routine.

Having a good toothbrush, toothpaste and regular routine can all give you a smile to be proud of and will not have others covering their nose hiding from bad breath!

Below are some simple steps on how to keep your teeth clean and healthy:

1) Electric or Manual.  You can use either an electric or manual toothbrush, just make sure to change your toothbrush at least once every three months.  Some people prefer electric toothbrushes like Oral B as it makes brushing easier.

2) The right toothpaste.  Finding the right toothpaste for your teeth can seem like a never ending task simply because their are so many.  Depending what you want from your toothpaste such as sensitive, whitening, good taste you should ensure it has the right amount of fluoride which will help prevent and control cavities.

Children up to age three should use a smear of toothpaste with no less than 1,000 parts per million of Fluoride, children aged three to six should use a pea-sized amount with 1,350-1,500 ppm Fluorid and adults should use a toothpaste with at least 1,4050ppm.  For more information visit: www.nhs.uk

If you are looking for a smile like Simon Cowell just make sure it is also a whitening toothpaste – even though his teeth are maybe too white?!

Brushing Teeth

3) How often and for how long.   Not brushing your teeth often or long enough can lead to discolored teeth, gum inflammation and bad cavities.  It is recommended to brush your teeth twice to three times a day for at least 2 minutes.

4) Don’t brush too hard.  Brushing to hard can give you red raw bleeding gums and erode tooth enamel, the trick is to brush gently for the two or three minutes.

5) Set a routine.  After a night out with friend and family brushing your teeth is the last thought on your mind however setting a routine where every morning and night you take a few moments to brush and mouthwash will become so natural you wont want to go to bead with bad garlic breath.

Children will also naturally go to brush their teeth if a routine is set up.

6) Flossing and using mouthwash.  Flossing is best done right before bed and should be used once a day. If you have teeth which are close together you can use interdental brushing instead of flossing. Mouthwash should be used after lunch or another time of the day.  Helping to get rid of any hidden bacteria and leftover food having a good strong mouthwash will help make your mouth clean and fresh.

Mouthwash

As many mouthwashes contain alcohol they are not suitable for children so ensure to buy a child friendly mouthwash such as Dentyl PH Clove Alcohol Free Mouthwash 500ml

7) Food and Drink.  Fizzy juice and sugary drinks will produce extra acid in your mouth and will attack the enamel on your teeth, cutting back and only eating these sort of foods at mealtimes can help reduce this risk.

8) Chewing gum.  We have all seen the adverts for new chewing gum which can make our teeth healthier and whiter but is their really truth in this? answer – Yes! chewing gum for around 10 to 20 minutes after your meal will produce saliva which neutralizes the acidity and restore natural balance of the chemicals in your mouth.

9) Dentist.  The one word many of us will fear – dentist, but as we all know visiting the man/woman with the drill is important.  The more regular visits the less work will need done if you can take this as a positive note!

Getting a smile like Simon Cowell’s which shines like a beacon in the most brightest of rooms is very nice, however having healthy and clean teeth are far more important.

With the simple how to steps above we hope keeping your gum’s gleaming, teeth polished and mouth healthy are all part of your easy routine.

Get your choppers out and start smiling!

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