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10 Essential Oral Hygiene Tips for a Healthier New Year

Wednesday 27th, December, 2023

As we welcome the New Year, it’s the perfect time to reevaluate our oral hygiene practices. At Tunbridge Wells Dental Centre, we believe a healthy smile is integral to overall wellness. Here are ten essential oral hygiene tips to help you start the year with a brighter, healthier smile.

1. Commit to Regular Brushing

Brushing your teeth twice daily is a cornerstone of oral hygiene. Use fluoride and soft-bristled toothpaste to clean your teeth and gums gently and effectively. This helps remove plaque, a sticky film of bacteria that can cause tooth decay and gum disease. Remember, gentle circular motions are more effective and less damaging than aggressive scrubbing.

How to brush your teeth properly

2. Don’t Skip Flossing

Flossing is just as important as brushing. It removes plaque and food particles between your teeth and under the gumline, areas your toothbrush can’t reach. Regular flossing helps prevent gum disease and reduces the risk of cavities and bad breath.

3. Rinse with an Antiseptic Mouthwash

Adding an antiseptic mouthwash to your daily routine can make a big difference. Mouthwashes help reduce plaque, prevent or reduce gingivitis, and diminish bad breath. They can also reach areas not easily accessed by a toothbrush or floss, providing an extra layer of protection against oral bacteria.

Just make sure you do not use mouthwash after brushing. Mouthwash is best kept between meals or just as you leave your home. Using mouthwash after brushing will wash away all the beneficial residue from your toothpaste.

4. Mind Your Diet

Your diet significantly impacts your oral health. Foods high in sugar and starch can contribute to tooth decay. Prioritise a balanced diet of fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, and whole grains. Avoid snacking in between meals to keep your teeth free from decay.

5. Stay Hydrated

Water is essential for overall health, including your oral health. It helps wash away food particles and keeps your mouth moist, preventing dry mouth—a condition that can increase tooth decay risk. Aim for the recommended 8-10 glasses of water a day.

6. Avoid Tobacco Products

Using tobacco in any form is detrimental to your oral health. It increases the risk of gum disease, tooth decay, tooth loss, and, in more severe cases, oral cancer. Quitting tobacco will significantly benefit your oral and overall health.

7. Limit Alcohol and Sugary Drinks

Alcoholic and sugary beverages can be harmful to your teeth. They contribute to tooth decay and can dry out your mouth. If you consume these drinks, do so in moderation and use a straw to minimise contact with your teeth.

8. Regular Dental Check-ups

If you live nearby, maintain your routine checkups and hygiene appointments at Tunbridge Wells Dental Centre. During these visits, we can conduct professional cleanings, identify issues early on, and provide tailored advice and treatments. We recommend a check-up or hygienist appointment at least every six months.

9. Change Your Toothbrush Regularly

An old, frayed toothbrush won’t clean your teeth effectively. Change your toothbrush every three to four months or sooner if the bristles are worn out. This ensures that your brushing is always practical and hygienic.

10. Pay Attention to Your Gums

Healthy gums are the foundation of healthy teeth. Be vigilant for signs of gum disease, such as redness, swelling, and bleeding during brushing or flossing. Early detection and treatment are crucial to preventing more severe problems.

Conclusion

Adopting these oral hygiene practices can significantly impact your dental health and overall well-being. Let’s make this New Year a starting point for a lifelong commitment to oral health. Remember, the Tunbridge Wells Dental Centre team is here to support you every step of the way. Schedule your next appointment today for personalised care and advice.

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