Great oral hygiene should form a central part of any preventative dental care plan. The basics only take a few minutes each day, and should remove most of the plaque and food debris from your teeth, gums and tongue.

Choose a toothbrush with soft bristles, and which has a small enough head to reach right to the back of your mouth. It is down to personal preference as to whether you choose an electric or manual toothbrush, as both can clean equally well provided you have the correct techniques. You shouldn’t brush too hard as this can damage your teeth and gums, and hold the toothbrush at a 45° angle so it can get right down to and just below your gum line.

Brush for approximately 3 minutes twice a day minimum with a manual brush; if you prefer an electric brush, brush for 2 minutes minimum. It can help to place a timer in the bathroom as it is very easy to overestimate time spent brushing.

Flossing is equally important and needs to be carried out once a day minimum, preferably last thing at night. Technique is everything, so please ask us for help and advice if you feel at all unsure how to floss properly as we can show you a few simple tricks to make this task quick and effective.

Regular check-ups are important, as we will professionally clean your teeth, reducing your risk of gum disease and tooth decay. It is also a great way to freshen up your smile. Your check-ups are a good opportunity to ask us any questions you may have about your oral health, or how to improve it.

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