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It's National Smile Month

National Smile Month is a charity campaign, led by the Oral Health Foundation, that seeks to promote the benefits of having good oral health. So, with this in mind, we would like to remind you of how you can keep your oral health in tip-top condition.

 

Brush your teeth for two minutes, with a fluoride toothpaste, twice a day

Brushing your teeth helps to remove plaque, a sticky film of bacteria, that can build up on your teeth and gums. A build up of plaque can lead to tooth decay and gum disease, so it is important to remove it regularly. Teeth should be brushed last thing at night, and one other time during the day.

 

Clean between your teeth and use mouthwash daily

It is important to clean in between your teeth, where your toothbrush can’t reach. By using interdental brushes or floss, as well as a daily mouthwash, you are ensuring that you are cleaning these harder-to-reach areas. You are advised to complete interdental cleaning in the evening, before using your toothbrush.

 

Cut down how much and how often you have sugary food and drinks

Every time our teeth are exposed to sugar, our tooth enamel is under threat of erosion. It is therefore important that we limit, not only the amount of sugar, but the frequency too. By keeping our sweet treats to mealtimes, we are able to limit the number of times our teeth are exposed to erosion.

 

Visit a dentist regularly

By visiting your dentist for regular check-ups, you are ensuring that your oral health is professionally reviewed on a regular basis. This ensures that any problems can be spotted and treated early. You will also receive advice on how to maintain your oral health, as well as any recommendations for hygienist visits. Regular hygienist visits will ensure that the build up of calculus on your teeth is minimised.



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