Taking care of your teeth can be simple and straightforward if you diligently follow advice from dentists on how best to look after teeth generally, and more specifically from your own dentist about your own individual hygiene needs.
The most obvious form of dental care is that which we can practice at home. Brushing and flossing, as well as using other products like inter-dental brushes or tongue scrapers help to limit the amount of bacteria in the mouth. This helps to keep plaque acid to a minimum, protecting your teeth and gums from decay and keeping your breath fresh.
Brushing is ideally performed twice a day after meals, using a suitable brush and technique. A City of Leeds dentist can recommend suitable products and advise about effective brushing. Flossing helps to clean the parts of the teeth the brush misses, again stopping the build up of plaque-forming bacteria.
Of course, even the strictest oral hygiene regime needs to be accompanied with regular trips to the dentist. Every six-months is the recommended time scale but this can be adapted by your dentists depending on the condition of your teeth. Dentists can check for unseen signs of decay, as well as performing small procedures to further protect your teeth. Dentists can also advise you on other smaller, but no less important ways to keep your teeth healthy such as drinking water after eating and chewing sugar-free gum. By making a few small adjustments to your routine you could help to keep your teeth healthy for a lifetime.