Here’s are a Dentist’s Ten Commandments from Dr Joe Oliver BDS LDSRCS:-
- Listening to a song or news item on the radio while brushing your teeth helps you do it for the recommended two minutes.
- You’ll miss 30 per cent of your tooth surfaces if you don’t floss. Waxed, flavoured floss slides between the teeth more easily and leaves a fresh taste.
- Keep your toothbrush germ-free by rinsing it in hot water and storing it where it can dry out.
- Carry a pack of sugar-free chewing gum in your handbag and chew after meals to protect against acid attacks.
- Choose a medium textured toothbrush with a small head. Soft brushes are too soft to clean properly and hard brushes can hurt the gums. Electric is better than manual.
- Whitening toothpastes don’t ‘whiten’ your teeth – they get teeth back to their natural colour. Most are fine but avoid abrasive ones for smokers.
- Regularly check the inside of your mouth in the mirror to see where your gums are inflamed and need special cleaning attention.
- Splayed bristles mean it’s time to change your toothbrush – usually every two to three months.
- If you’re nervous of the dentist’s, agree a ‘stop’ sign, such as raising your hand, before treatment starts.
- Many medicines are syrupy and laden with sugar. Try to choose sugar-free options and ask your GP to request the sugar-free variety on the prescription.
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