Regular dental checkups and brushing twice a day are essential for good oral hygiene.

Oral hygiene is associated with overall health. In addition to preventing cavities and gum disease, oral health has several facets.

A person can prevent problems such as tooth decay, ache, gum disease, and tooth loss with proper dental care at home and at the Beacon Dental Clinic.

These are tips can help maintain oral hygiene:

Brush twice a day, but not aggressively

Plaque and bacteria are removed and teeth are kept clean by brushing twice a day. In order to maintain healthy teeth and gums, brushing must be done correctly.

It is important to brush the front, back, and top of every tooth using small circular motions. A maximum of two to three minutes should be allowed.

To prevent sensitivity and gum erosion, the American Dental Association (ADA) recommends using a soft-bristled toothbrush. In addition, toothbrushes should be changed every three months or when the ends start fraying.

Fluoride toothpaste and oral care products should be used

The element fluoride is derived from the soil of the earth. Because of its ability to prevent cavities, it is commonly found in toothpaste and mouthwashes.

Fluoride deficiency can lead to tooth decay, even if a person brushes and flosses regularly.

Flossing Regularly

It is possible to prevent plaque and bacteria from forming between the teeth by flossing in places where the toothbrush cannot reach. In addition, it helps maintain good breath by removing debris and food particles trapped between the teeth.

If you want to effectively remove plaque, you should use the floss from the gum line all the way down to the side of the tooth with up-and-down movements. By avoiding the snapping of the floss between the teeth, you can prevent toothache and pain.

Regular Dental Check-Ups

The Beacon Dental Clinic, based in Sandyford, Dublin can treat oral health problems before the severity of the issues increases. A routine checkup will include cleaning the teeth and removing plaque and hardened tartar.

We will also look for symptoms of cavities, gum disease, and other issues. We may also use dental X-rays to check for problems.

We will also advise you on how often you may need a checkup as it will depend on your age, health history, and overall dental health. It is also important to remember if you notice any changes in your mouth between checkups, contact us for an appointment. 

Smoking should be avoided

By smoking, the immune system is weakened and the body has a harder time healing tissues, including those in the mouth. Additionally, it increases the risk of gum disease.

Besides yellowing the teeth and tongue, smoking also produces an unpleasant odor in the mouth.

Consume sugar and starch in moderation

Sweets and desserts containing sugar can cause cavities. The World Health Organization recommends limiting sugar intake to less than 10% of daily calories.

Bread, chips, pasta, pizza, crackers, and other starchy foods can cause tooth decay. Acid-producing bacteria feed on the simple sugars in these foods, causing tooth decay by lingering in the mouth.

Fruits, vegetables, and dairy products without sugar can be substituted for these foods. Water or unsweetened tea should be substituted for sugar-sweetened beverages.

Our overall top tip for your overall Dental Oral Health is to visit your dentist for an examination of your mouth, teeth, and/or dentures at least once a year, especially if you are having problems.

For further information or to make an appointment with the Beacon Dental Clinic, contact us today