8 Jul 2015

Dental Infographic - Although most people brush regularly, many don't clean between their teeth and some people don't have regular dental check-ups. A few small changes in your daily routine can make a big difference in the long term. Brush your teeth carefully last thing at night and at least one other time during the day, with a fluoride toothpaste. Don't neglect the state of your oral health because it is linked with problems in other parts of the body too. Chew sugar-free chewing gum because it helps protect your teeth and gums in between meals. Don't have sugary or acidic foods or drinks too often. Visit your dental team regularly, as often as they recommend. Don't skip out appointments with your dental team. Go to the dentist if you notice something unusual in your mouth, or any red and white patches, or you have mouth ulcers which do not heal in three weeks. Don't ignore ulcers which do not heal in three weeks; red and white patches in the mouth; unusual lumps or swellings in the mouth or head and neck area. Clean in-between your teeth at least once a day, using interdental brushes, floss or tape. Don't forget that brushing alone only cleans 60% of the tooth surface. Brush your teeth until at least one hour after eating. This will give enough time to the enamel on your teeth to recover. Don't brush your teeth straight after eating or drinking foods because  tiny particles of tooth enamel will be brushed away. Spit out after brushing your teeth, so that the fluoride stays on your teeth longer. Don't rinse after brushing your teeth. At the British Dental Health Foundation, we understand the importance of a healthy mouth. That's why we continue to provide expert, independent and impartial advice on all aspects of oral health.