7 ways to better oral 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