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Chewing is healthy for your teeth. Sugar-free chewing gums are especially good as they are able to positively counteract the harmful bacteria that can be found within the mouth that can cause tooth decay.
It is important to remove plaque the rests on the gum line and in between teeth. Flossing is the best way to do this. If you are one of the many people who find flossing uncomfortable, you may find alternatives such as small interdental brushes or soft toothpicks useful.
Brush your teeth twice every day with a fluoride toothpaste. You should brush for two minutes each time. Electric toothbrushes are idea. If you use a manual toothbrush, try not to brush to hard as this can limit effectiveness and can actually also cause damage to your gums.
Timing of Brushing
Try to make sure that when you brush your teeth in the morning, whether before or after breakfast, that you leave at least thirty minutes between brushing and your morning meal. It is also wise to clean your teeth last thing at night before you go to bed so as to offer your teeth the best protection as you sleep.
For further advice on keeping your teeth and gums healthy or to make an appointment at our practice, do not hesitate to contact us.