7 ways to bet­ter oral health

Prima (UK) - - Best Of Health -

It’s im­por­tant to know how to care for your teeth and gums. Pro­fes­sor Damien Walm­s­ley, sci­en­tific ad­viser to the Bri­tish Den­tal As­so­ci­a­tion, gives th­ese tips:

1 Brush twice a day, for at least two min­utes, with a 2 tooth­paste con­tain­ing 1,350-1,500ppm flu­o­ride. Clean teeth be­fore bed and at an­other time in the day. Wait an hour af­ter eat­ing or drink­ing – sug­ary or 3 acid foods soften enamel, but it hard­ens again in an hour. Spit, don’t rinse, even with flu­o­ride mouth­wash, to 4 keep the pro­tec­tive flu­o­ride in your mouth longer. It doesn’t mat­ter if you use an elec­tric or man­ual tooth­brush, as long as you brush all sur­faces, in­clud­ing 5 be­tween the teeth – in­ter­den­tal brushes can help. The lat­est think­ing on floss­ing is that there’s no strong ev­i­dence it’s ben­e­fi­cial, but it can be use­ful when the 6 space be­tween teeth is too tight for an in­ter­den­tal brush. Don’t ig­nore bleeding – it’s a sign of gum dis­ease or gin­givi­tis caused by plaque, the film of 7 bac­te­ria on the teeth we re­move by brush­ing. Lemon juice in hot wa­ter first thing is not rec­om­mended as it’s acidic and can af­fect enamel – only drink it with food. Try to have noth­ing but hot wa­ter up to an hour be­fore bed.

Look­ing af­ter your teeth and gums is im­por­tant for your health as well as your smile

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