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How To Take Care Of Your Teeth & Gums

With so many products and gimmicks on the market, we think it is important to remind you of what a healthy oral hygiene routine looks like. Avoid DIY teeth whitening kits and charcoal toothpaste – save your money and invest it on a good electric toothbrush, some fluoride toothpaste and some floss - that’s all you need.

Keep reading to find out what you must do everyday to ensure healthy teeth and gums.

Clean your teeth twice a day

Using an electric toothbrush, brush your teeth twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste. Ensure you reach all four corners of your mouth and let the bristles come into contact with your gums too.

Floss daily

Food and plaque can get lodged in between your teeth and gum line throughout the day, this can irritate your gums and cause gum disease. Ensure you are a flossing every night before bed. Make sure you are getting in between every tooth, especially any crooked teeth that may be difficult to get between – bacteria and food debris will thrive in this environment if not removed.

Cut back on sugar

Sugar can be very dangerous for your oral health as it sticks to your teeth and if not removed effectively, can cause swollen gums and gum disease. To protect your teeth, gums and overall health you should cut back on sugar and swap to healthier alternatives. Fizzy drinks and alcohol are the worst culprits!

Consider braces

As crooked and overlapping teeth can be a breeding ground for bacteria and gum disease, you may want to consider a brace to straighten your teeth to prevent this. You can get a discreet, clear brace which won’t be noticeable if you only have a few teeth that are out of place. This will also boost your confidence too!

Visit your dentist

Regular dental check-ups are crucial for monitoring your oral health and resolving any issues that may arise quickly. The longer any infection, swelling or pain is left, the worse the outcome could be. Ensure you are seeing your dentist at least every 6 months or more frequently if you have existing dental issues.

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