Dentist Dr Richard Marques gives his expert advice…
Brush twice daily
You should brush your teeth for two minutes, once in the morning and once in the evening. Any more and you can wear your teeth away, any less and your teeth and gums may suffer.
Use an electric toothbrush
Used correctly, electric toothbrushes can remove up to 70 per cent more plaque than manual ones.
Use floss or interdental brushes
Ensure you clean between your teeth at least once a day. You can use interdental brushes or flossers. If you notice your gums are bleeding more, this can be a sign of gum disease.
For bleeding gums
If your gums bleed when brushing, continue to brush them — they will eventually heal and change from being inflamed and bleeding to looking healthy and pink.
Use a mouthwash
Don’t forget to use a mouthwash after brushing — a non-alcoholic, fluoride-containing mouthwash is far better than rinsing with tap water, which washes the fluoride away!
Have regular check-ups
See your dentist every six months for a check-up and cleaning, because you cannot remove the scale (tartar/calculus) yourself once it hardens.