How To Improve Your Oral Health

Taking steps to improve your oral health is easier than it sounds, here are some ideas to get you started!

Brush Your Teeth For 2 Minutes Twice A Day

By brushing your teeth 2 minutes twice a day, you increase the chances of brushing your teeth enough to help prevent dental complications such as tooth decay and gum disease. Whenever you eat or drink anything other than water you are exposing your teeth to sugar which promotes the formation of dental plaque and acids that break down your teeth and cause tooth decay. By staying on top of your brushing routine you can prevent this.

Consider Switching To An Electric Toothbrush

Dentists often recommend switching over to an electric toothbrush, this is because electric toothbrushes make it easier for people to brush their teeth effectively. When you switch on an electric toothbrush and use it to brush your teeth the toothbrush vibrates in your mouth which can cause you to cover more of the surface of your teeth than you would otherwise with a manual toothbrush. Another advantage of electric toothbrushes is that the toothbrush head is usually smaller than a manual toothbrush, so you can brush a greater tooth surface area even in small crevices between teeth. Some electric toothbrushes will even alert you if you are brushing your teeth too hard due to sensors on the brush, you can also get electric toothbrushes that have inbuilt timers to help ensure you brush your teeth for at least 2 minutes.

Use Mouthwash

Using mouthwash alongside regular brushing can help ensure that you remove as much dental plaque from your teeth as possible, as the mouthwash can reach areas of your mouth that is impossible with a toothbrush. It is recommended that you use mouthwash before brushing your teeth because if you use mouthwash after brushing you may wash away the protective fluoride that is deposited on your teeth when you brush with fluoride toothpaste.

Visit Your Dentist At Least Every 6 Months

Visiting your local Cheltenham dentist can allow them to spot problems in advance so that they can advise you on how to improve your dental hygiene in the future to help solve the problem and avoid future dental problems arising in the future. If your dental issue requires treatment your dentist will be able to advise on this too and perform the treatment, potentially saving teeth. 

Reduce The Amount Of Sugar In Your Diet

Eating too much sugar has a wide-ranging effect on your overall health, one of the most noticeable effects of too much sugar can be on your teeth. As sugar increases the speed of tooth decay, by reducing your sugar intake you can protect your teeth. Most food and drink packages sold in supermarkets have a food traffic light system, which measures fat, saturated fat, sugar and salt; each of these categories is measured with a different traffic light. Food or beverages with unhealthy levels of these compounds are measured with a red signal, these foods should not be eaten very often. Food measured with an amber or yellow light should be eaten more often than those with a red signal but still shouldn’t be eaten too often. Those with a green light can be eaten whenever.


 Why not start your journey to better dental health today? If you are still unsure why not ask your dentist in Solihull for additional guidance?