Maintaining good dental hygiene habits can make a big difference in the longevity of your natural teeth as well as any implant treatments you may receive. So what are some of the good habits you can develop, and what are some of the negative habits you can avoid by maintaining a good daily routine?


Brushing Your Teeth

One of the most basic steps you can take is to brush your teeth regularly, and for an appropriate amount of time. At least 2 minutes, twice per day is a good starting point for developing and maintaining this habit, and is perhaps the easiest way to prolong the life and maintain the quality of your teeth. According to the Academy of General Dentistry, the average person only brushes their teeth 45 to 70 seconds per day - less than half the recommended time - so taking the time to ensure your teeth are properly brushed will help you stand out from the crowd!


Using the wrong technique when brushing, paired with a heavy hand, can cause wear on your teeth and potentially lead to receding gums. Brushing harder will not leave your teeth cleaner, and it’s important to pay attention to all your teeth individually rather than trying to brush everything at once. 

 

Regular Dental Visits

Regular dental check-ups with the dentist will offer a valuable insight into the condition of your teeth, mouth, and gums. Problems like cavities and plaque can be diagnosed early or even prevented. Tooth decay can be stopped or managed if it is diagnosed at an early stage. Treating problems not only helps your teeth remain healthy for longer, but also lowers your overall dental costs in the long-term.

Avoid Snacking

All foods will cause some degree of harm to our teeth and gums if they are not kept clean. Brushing and flossing are an essential part of this but our mouths are continually managing the amount of bacteria, sugars and acids present by washing them away with saliva.

This is something that happens all of the time, but when we snack, rather than leaving significant gaps between our meals, there is simply insufficient time available for the saliva to do its job effectively before we eat again. This means that our teeth and gums are coming into regular and almost constant contact with harmful substances.

Even with more tooth friendly foods, this can cause a problem over time; with typical snack foods such as sweets, crisps and biscuits, the amount of sugar consumed is significant. Problems like tooth decay, sensitivity and even gum disease can soon follow.

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