We’ve all been brushing all our lives, but not everyone is doing it right. To improve your dental care and prolong the life of your teeth and gums, follow these simple steps.

1 – Never Go to Bed Without Brushing

Brushing before bed gets rid of the build-up of the day and gives your mouth eight hours of plaque-free goodness to enjoy. No other brushing is as effective as brushing before bed.

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2 – Use Fluoride Toothpaste

Fluoride toothpaste is the leading defence against the decay of teeth. You should brush with fluoride toothpaste and should not rinse it away afterwards. This will help to create a protective barrier on your teeth.

3 – Floss as Much as you Brush

Flossing works to stimulate the gums and will help to prevent infection of the gums as well as reducing plaque. You should floss once daily, ideally before bed.

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4 – Use Mouthwash

Mouthwash can give you a more effective clean than brushing alone. You should not, however, use mouthwash after every brush as this takes the fluoride away from your teeth and removes the protective barrier. Ask your dentist in Lancaster for specific mouthwash recommendations to get the best from this cleaning option.

5 – Drink More Water

Drinking water is the best daily change that can improve your oral health. If you drink water after every meal then you can wash away some of the harmful acids that are present on the teeth straight after eating. This will help to keep the plaque away in between brushes.

6 – Eat Crunchy Vegetables

Vegetables are the best for your general health and for your teeth too. Eating crunchy vegetables will help to strengthen your teeth, gums and jaw, so it is best to avoid processed foods where you can.

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7 – Visit Your Dentist Twice Yearly

Visiting your dentist twice a year is highly advised so that you can ensure your tooth health and oral hygiene is up to scratch. The dentists in Lancaster will be able to help with a deep clean to clear calcification and check that everything is in good order too.

Book an appointment with Bay Dental today to start improving your dental care.

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