After having a treatment at the dentist, you often walk out promising yourself that you’ll make more effort and do more to look after your dental hygiene (and prevent future dentist visits). Sadly, sometimes looking after your teeth just isn’t your priority. Though it’s difficult, good dental hygiene is the key to having a healthy and happy smile. In order to ensure that the procedure you’ve just had is your last, follow this guide to make sure your post-treatment dental hygiene routine lasts.
I brush daily, what else do I need to do?
Brushing at least twice a day is a good start to proper dental hygiene, but it’s not enough. Brushing in the morning, preferably after you eat breakfast, and before you go to bed are good ways to start your routine. However, consider getting a third brush into your schedule. This will help eliminate any food particles and plaque that grow as a result of eating during the day. It is also important to remember to brush your gums and tongue as these are two spots where bacteria tend to linger.
To improve your dental hygiene routine, you should floss at least once a day. It is important that you follow a proper flossing technique to avoid wasting your time. Grab 45 cm worth of floss and wrap it around both fingers. Allow the floss to follow the natural curve of your teeth to avoid ruining your gums. Lastly, unwind clean floss from your fingers for each tooth.
Finally, avoid consuming sugary food and drink, which cause tooth decay. All of this, plus regular check-ins with your dentist will help your teeth become squeaky clean.
How does my routine differ after my procedure?
Your routine should not differ after your dental procedure. However, if you had to have the procedure in the first place it may mean your dental hygiene isn’t quite up to par. Everyone struggles to keep up with things like flossing and checkups, but changing this can be easy. Set aside time in your day, either on your commute to work or while watching your favourite programme at night, to floss your teeth. Also, schedule check-up appointments in advance to ensure that you have no conflicts.
My new teeth are fake, how does this apply to me?
If you recently received new crowns, implants, or dentures made out of porcelain or ceramics you probably feel that none of this applies to you. However, the gums and bones surrounding these fake teeth are made out of living tissue. Therefore, it is important to brush your gums in the area of the fake teeth, as well as keeping the areas between the teeth clean so that no bacteria can form. Bacteria can cause gum disease, which is a serious issue you will want to avoid.
They say prevention is better than cure. Keeping a proper dental hygiene routine is essential to ensure you won’t need another dental procedure again.
Elizabeth Hurst writes about all things dental for https://dental-compare.com. She has previously written for The Guardian, The Independent and Huffington Post.