How to look after your teeth and gums. Our advice for patients.
Brushing and flossing
Maintaining good oral hygiene is one of the most important things you can do for your teeth and gums.
Good oral health is important to your overall well-being.
Daily preventive care, including proper brushing and cleaning in between the the teeth, will help stop problems before they develop:
Brushing thoroughly twice a day and using floss, tape or interdental brushes to clean between the teeth
Using dental products that contain fluoride, including toothpaste.
Rinsing with a fluoride mouthrinse if your dentist tells you to-using this at a different time of day to brushing so that you get an extra burst of fluoride.
Diet and nutrition
SUGAR is responsible for causing tooth decay!!
Limit the frequency of consumption of sugary food and drinks. Try to have sugary drinks/snacks/fruit with a meal time and not in between. It is the frequency that sugar is consumed not the total amount that contributes to tooth decay.
Eat more vegetables and fruit and starchy staple foods such as bread, potatoes unsweetened breakfast cereals and grains.
Drink water rather than sugary acidic soft drinks.
Be careful of hidden sugars! natural sugars found in fruit will also cause damage to teeth is consumed regularly between meals.