Take Care of Your Gnashers in Body
Just two minutes brushing twice a day will help keep your teeth and gums healthy - plus it'll improve your breath too!
How can I prevent decay and keep my gums healthy?
Aside from daily brushing (see below) and regular dental check-ups, try to reduce the amount of sugary foods and drinks you consume.
If you do have them, try to take them at mealtimes rather than in between meals.
- brush first thing in the morning and last thing before bed
- use a fluoride toothpaste containing at least '1000ppm fluoride'
- brush for at least two minutes
- use small, circular motions along the gum line, inside and out
- brush back and forth along the top of your teeth
- make sure you get right to the back too
- brush your tongue for extra breath freshness
- spit after brushing, don't rinse with water
- clean in between your teeth with dental floss or interdental brushes - ask your dentist or local pharmacist about these.
You should visit a dentist at least once a year, or more often if your dentist has advised you should attend more often.
Going regularly means they can tackle any problems early and keep any work they have to do to a minimum.
Bleeding gums are a sign of early gum disease.
Continue brushing your teeth thoroughly and if the bleeding keeps happening, speak to your dentist.
It can be hard to tell if you've got dodgy breath smells. If you have any worries, it's best to have it checked out by your dentist.
To beat bad breath:
- brush your teeth twice a day
- gently brush your tongue too.
Clean in between your teeth using floss or interdental brushes. Ask your dentist to show you how to do this.