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Six tips for cleaner teeth

Kim GregoryComment
Six tips for cleaner teeth

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.