Having a scale and polish is an instant way of removing calculus, tartar and any stubborn surface stains on your teeth. Everyone is different in how often they require this and, as long as you’re visiting your dentist every six months, they’ll be able to recommend when you need it doing. However, there are definitely ways you can keep your own dental hygiene tip-top at home too and here are our tips to an all-round healthier mouth.
Clean that tongue
Have you ever noticed a white layer on your tongue? This is often a mix of bacteria and food debris and can cause your breath to smell unpleasant. Whilst it is very common, it can be reduced by regularly cleaning your tongue. When brushing your teeth twice a day, try also brushing your tongue with a soft toothbrush starting at the back and working your way to the front.
Your tongue also harbours good bacteria so make sure you keep the pressure light – you want a pink tongue at the end, not a red one! Your dentist can also recommend a good mouthwash to help keep the buildup at bay.
Find a flossing regime that works for you
It’s tricky to incorporate flossing into your teeth-brushing regime every day but the benefits are truly worth it. On average, tooth brushing only eradicates 60% of plaque. If not removed, this plaque can harden into tartar, which can no longer be removed at home and needs to be removed by your dentist. If you find regularly long floss difficult, give D-shaped flossers a go.
These disposable little devices do the hard work for you and make it quicker and easier to use between your teeth. Interdental brushes are also brilliant and instantly rewarding as you see the debris being pushed out. If you’re still having trouble, it’s worth investing in an electronic flosser. These rechargeable gadgets are nice and gentle on the teeth and gums and can help prevent bad breath, gum disease and keep plaque at bay.
Rinse with a good quality mouthwash
Mouthwash is brilliant at preventing tooth decay, but here’s a little tip for you: don’t use it straight after brushing. The reason why is that mouthwash cans strip away the leftover fluoride from toothpaste, so try using it after lunch instead.