We all know the importance of brushing our teeth twice a day. But great dental hygiene encompasses so much more. As skilled dentists in Dublin, we have the experience and know-how to ensure your teeth and gums are in top condition. Here are some of our best dental hygiene tips to keep your mouth fresh and healthy.

1. Always clean your teeth before bed

It’s essential to clean your teeth at least twice a day — once in the morning and once at night. But did you know that before bed is arguably the most important tooth-brushing time?

We don’t produce as much saliva at night, giving bacteria more opportunity to develop while we sleep. (This is also where morning breath comes from!) By ensuring your teeth are fresh and clean just before bed, you can minimise the damage overnight.

2. Drink plenty of water

As you can see, saliva plays an important role in keeping our mouths and teeth clean. Staying hydrated also helps. By drinking plenty of water (and avoiding sugary beverages), you can wash away food debris and tackle bacteria.

3. Spit, don’t rinse

Whilst water plays a big part in dental hygiene, it can actually be counterproductive when cleaning your teeth. After brushing, don’t rinse your mouth with water as it can wash away the protection from your toothpaste.

4. Use fluoride toothpaste

The most effective toothpaste contains fluoride (1450 parts per million of fluoride is the recommended amount). This mineral helps protect your teeth against decay and is present in 95% of toothpaste on the market.

Experiencing tooth sensitivity? Look for toothpaste specifically designed for sensitive teeth but make sure it still contains fluoride. Sensitivity can occur for many reasons so it’s always best to visit your dentist to find the cause. And don’t forget, if you feel sudden or intense pain, book an appointment with an emergency dentist right away.

5. Remember to floss

Flossing once a day is vital for removing plaque and debris from in between your teeth where your toothbrush can’t reach. You can also use interdental brushes or a water flosser.

6. Don’t forget your tongue

Food, drink, and bacteria can build up on the tongue, causing bad breath and subduing your taste buds. You can use your toothbrush or a tongue scraper to improve your overall oral hygiene.

7. Don’t brush too hard

Brushing your teeth is, of course, vital. However, if you press too hard with the brush, you can damage the enamel on your teeth and harm your gums. Try to use light pressure and gentle circular motions.

8. Choose an electric toothbrush with Pressure Sensor

An electric toothbrush is a great way to avoid excess pressure and get a comprehensive clean. Electric toothbrushes use vibrations or oscillations to remove plaque and keep your teeth, gums, and tongue healthy.

You may also find an electric toothbrush beneficial if you have orthodontic braces or limited mobility.

9. Visit your dentist and hygienist regularly

Finally, it’s vital to make sure you visit a dental clinic regularly. Prevention is better than cure — a checkup with your dentist at least once a year can make sure any cavities or tooth decay issues are detected early for the most effective treatment. Checkups can also help you keep an eye on any dental crowns and fillings.

Annual hygienist appointments can also ensure your mouth is as clean and healthy as possible. A scale and polish, for instance, can help remove plaque and tartar deposits to protect against gum disease and give your pearly whites an extra gleam.

Effective dentist treatment in Dublin

Whether you’re looking for a routine checkup, orthodontics, or an emergency dentist in Dublin, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with the team at Green Dental. Explore our pricing page or book an appointment today.

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