How to achieve optimal teeth cleaning

Dental Health Advice

Correct and frequent brushing can ensure your teeth and gums are clean and healthy for longer. Consistently deep cleaning your teeth allows for your oral health to be as good as it possibly can.

How often should you brush your teeth?

Ideally, you should be brushing your teeth twice a day. On top of this, you should be flossing at least once a day to avoid plaque buildup and unwanted food debris throughout the day. There are some who may either forget to brush before a night’s sleep or don’t feel it’s important and can wait till the morning. This can however lead to further issues as, whilst you’re sleeping, bacteria can develop. Brushing negates this and in turn, removes germs and plaque that accumulate throughout the day. 

Don’t get caught in the trap of thinking brushing more often, especially after each meal, is the way to go. Deep cleaning your teeth too often can actually damage your teeth’s enamel and gums. This is why most dentistry professionals recommend brushing twice a day as the optimal amount.

The importance of flossing

Within previous dental advice which we have covered before – ‘The Importance Of Flossing’ – we cover information surrounding the act of flossing, how to floss properly and the benefits of flossing.

Flossing should be treated as just as important as general brushing. Flossing doesn’t have to be using the standard floss string which you normally see. There are other options that have the same capabilities such as floss sticks and interdental brushes. These other forms of flossing carry out the same task but are generally easier to use for some people where dexterity is less of a factor.

Dietary and lifestyle impacts on teeth and gums

Whether you find it surprising or not, what you eat has a huge impact on your teeth. Not only is food a larger contributing factor to your overall health and oral health but other lifestyle actions also affect these areas. Smoking and Alcohol intake can also be factors to be wary of. General deep cleaning of your teeth won’t necessarily correct the issues led by these areas.

Too much sugar can lead to tooth decay. The NHS website outlines the causes and effects of sugar on your teeth’s health.

Acid is produced when the bacteria in your mouth break down the sugar. The acid dissolves the tooth surface, which is the first stage of tooth decay.

Smoking is a leading factor in gum disease. The act of smoking produces bacterial plaque. The reason for the bacterial buildup and gum disease is there is a lack of oxygen in the bloodstream which leads to gums not being able to heal properly. Due to these impacts, typically people who smoke generally develop gum disease sooner and it gets worse more quickly than non-smokers.

Teeth and gum care in children

No matter your child’s age, brushing their teeth has to start as soon as they come through. This ensures their teeth are cared for whilst they are developing and growing. Deep cleaning of their teeth doesn’t necessarily need to happen on a daily basis, however, a good clean ensures the teeth and gums are as clean as possible.

Dental check-ups

Dental check-ups are a very important step in monitoring and improving your oral health. Any problems which you may have can be caught as early as possible and be treated suitably. Equally, dentists are able to provide insight and advice for deep cleaning your teeth, flossing tips and further areas which need addressing.

If dental checkups are missed or aren’t scheduled at all, you run the risk of issues with oral health happening sooner and there could even be a point where issues can’t be rectified. The NHS state, “If problems are not treated, they may lead to damage that’s harder, or even impossible, to repair.

Through our advice and the advice of the NHS, we recommend getting booked in soon if you haven’t seen a dentist and received a checkup within the last 12 months.

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Get in touch with us today and get booked in with your closest dentistry practice. Our experts are available round-the-clock to ensure you get the care you need no matter the time of day. Explore our locations – such as out clinics in Manchester & Sheffield further dental advice and get booked in to see one of our professionals who can provide deep cleaning teeth tips, flossing advice and more.

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