Brushing your teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste helps prevent tooth decay and gum disease.
- Brush your teeth thoroughly twice a day with a soft-to-medium brush and fluoride toothpaste.
- Put the bristles at the join between teeth and gums, pointing towards the gums, and brush using short circular movements.
- Brush all round every tooth, carefully making sure you can feel the brush on your gums.
- Don’t use too much force – give your teeth and gums a gentle scrub. Thorough brushing takes two or three minutes; why not time yourself?
- After brushing, you should spit out the toothpaste – but do not rinse, as this lessens the effect of the fluoride.
- Replace the brush when the bristles get out of shape.
Preventing tooth decay
Four simple rules
1. Avoid sugar between meals
- How often you have sugar matters more than how much sugar you have.
- An average person can have sugar three times per day without the teeth decaying.
- Each time you have sugar, the teeth are attacked for 45 minutes afterwards
- Between attacks on the teeth, your saliva tries to repair the teeth.
- Drinking fizzy drinks and any type of juice can result in tooth decay!
2. Avoid sugar at bedtime
- When you go to sleep your saliva dries up, and the attack on the teeth lasts longer
3. Brush twice daily with a fluoride toothpaste
- This cleans bacteria off the teeth, removes food debris
- Fluoride strengthens the tooth surface, resisting tooth decay
4. Leave a very small amount of toothpaste on the teeth at night
The mouth dries up when you go to sleep, so when you clean your teeth last thing at night just spit out excess toothpaste and do not rinse. The toothpaste then stays on your teeth. Used this way, the fluoride toothpaste halves tooth decay.
If you would like any further information or you are interested in a one to one chat with our Oral Health Advisor, Please contact reception