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Dental Care

Dental Care UK

Cleaning teeth

You can maintain healthy gums and teeth through dental care uk every day.

Plaque can be prevented by brushing your teeth. Plaque, a layer of bacteria that covers your teeth, is what you need to brush. Plaque can lead to tooth decay, gum disease, and cavities.

When is the best time to brush my teeth?

Brush your teeth at least twice a day, once before breakfast and again at night before going to bed.

Avoid brushing your teeth immediately after eating, especially if you have had acidic foods like wine, fruit juices, or soft drinks.

The acid can cause tooth enamel to become softened and can be removed by brushing. To neutralize the acid, wait at least an hour after eating before brushing your teeth.

Do I choose an electric toothbrush or a manual one?

You can use either an electric toothbrush or a manual one for dental care UK. Both are equally effective as long as they are properly used. Some people prefer to use an electric toothbrush to thoroughly clean their teeth.

What should I look out for in a toothbrush

A toothbrush with a small head, compact arrangement of short and long, round-end bristles, is suitable for most adults. For most people, medium or soft bristles work best. An electric toothbrush with an oscillating head or rotating head is best. If in doubt, ask your dentist.

Which toothpaste should I use for my teeth?

Toothpaste’s cleaning agents and particles help remove plaque from teeth and keep them healthy and clean. Fluoridated toothpaste can be used to remove plaque and prevent tooth decay.

To prevent fluorosis, the Australian Dental Association suggests that you do not use toothpaste for infants and toddlers under 18 months. Instead, avoid toothpaste for infants and toddlers between 18 and 36 months.

How to brush your teeth

You don’t just need to brush your teeth with toothpaste.

Use a small amount of toothpaste to gently move the teeth in a circular motion. You can use a gentle back-and-forth motion to clean the chewing surfaces.

Fluoride toothpaste should be used twice daily to brush your teeth. This will help you keep your mouth and teeth healthy. Each quarter of your mouth should be brushed for 30 seconds.

One simple tip is to imagine a tooth having five surfaces. Brushing is necessary for three of these surfaces — the top, front and back. Flossing is used to clean the hidden areas between your teeth.

  • The toothbrush’s head should be placed against your teeth. Next, tilt the bristle tips so that they are at a 45 degree angle to the gum line. You can use the toothbrush in small circular movements to clean all surfaces.
  • Brush the outer surfaces of both the upper and lower teeth, keeping the bristles pointed towards the gum line.
  • The same technique should be used on all surfaces of your teeth.
  • Brush your teeth’ chewing surfaces.
  • To clean the inner surfaces of front teeth, tilt your brush vertically. Make small circular strokes using the toe part of the brush.
  • Brushing your tongue can freshen your breath, clean your mouth and remove bacteria.
  • After you’re done brushing your teeth, spit out any toothpaste. Don’t rinse your mouth with water. You can leave toothpaste on your teeth to provide additional protection.

How to floss

Flossing doesn’t only help you get rid of food stuck between your teeth. Regular flossing can also help reduce gum disease and bad smell by removing plaque from the gum line.

  • Wrap about 45cm worth of floss around your middle fingers, and then place it between your thumbs.
  • To avoid traumatizing your gums, always insert the floss gently in a gentle side to side motion.
  • The “neck” of a tooth is where it meets the gums. To clean it, wrap the floss around the tooth and gently insert it under the gum.
  • Interdental flossing can be replaced with interdental brushing, particularly if you have very small teeth and find it difficult to maneuver dental floss through the gaps.
To avoid traumatizing your gums, always insert the floss gently in a gentle side to side motion.

You should not use toothpicks to remove food stuck between your teeth. This could lead to infection.

Do I need to use mouthwash?

Yes, you can use a mouthwash to clean your teeth after brushing them.

Some mouthwashes contain alcohol. Children should not use them as they can accidentally swallow them. You may experience dry lips and a dry mouth if you use mouthwashes with alcohol. This can be avoided by using an alcohol-free product.

Are plaque-disclosing tablets useful?

Plaque-disclosing Tablets are able to dye plaque blue or red, and can be extremely useful in identifying areas of your teeth that need cleaning.

The staining can be quite persistent so it is best to take these tablets before bed or when you are not expecting visitors.

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