Going back to basics with your oral hygiene

Posted on September 11, 2017 by Marcus Davitt

oral health basics

In today’s busy world, it can be difficult to fit all our jobs into the day. But one of the things you should not be neglecting is your oral health. Although it might seem like a chore to brush, floss and mouthwash, not looking after your pearly whites can cause serious problems.

We’re not saying that your oral hygiene routine has to take hours to carry out – keeping your mouth in tip top shape only needs to take a few minutes. Here, we’ve gone right back to basics to show you how you can achieve a beautiful, hygienic smile without it monopolising your day.

Brush twice a day

This might sound like an obvious one, but you’d be surprised at the number of patients we’ve met who confess to only brushing once a day. We recommend that you brush at least twice a day, for two minutes each time. If you’re having trouble working out how long you’re spending brushing, try setting a timer on your phone.

Floss or use interdental brushes

While brushing your teeth can remove most of the grime from your teeth, flossing or using an interdental brush after you’ve brushed can remove the pieces of food that are otherwise inaccessible. If food is left between your teeth, it can become a feasting ground for bacteria – leading to infections and gum disease.

Use mouthwash

A high-quality mouthwash can rid your mouth of any remaining debris that can irritate the gum line and cause problems like gingivitis. Adding mouthwash to your dental routine doesn’t add a significant amount of time on, but is the icing on the oral hygiene cake.

Stay away from sweets

Sweets aren’t just unhealthy and fattening, they can also damage your teeth beyond repair, particularly if you don’t follow the above three steps. Try and avoid foods and drinks with a high sugar content, and remember that sugar is a fuel for bacteria.

Remember that teeth are not tools!

When you can’t find a bottle opener, it might be tempting to use your teeth instead. Don’t! Your teeth were not intended for this purpose and can be easily chipped and broken. When a tooth loses its integrity it can cause a wide range of painful and costly problems, from root canals right through to crowns and extraction.

Book in with your dentist

On average, we recommend visiting your dentist every six months. This means you can keep on top of any potential issues and fix them before they become a more painful and costly issue.


If you’re ready to get your teeth into tip top condition, why not give our Cheltenham-based dentists a call on: 01242 259960? At Bath Street Dental Surgery, we don’t just make your teeth healthy, we make sure they look great too.