Seven things you should try or avoid

Maintaining good oral health is a challenge.

 There are multiple ways and techniques to maintain a healthy mouth. Our dental hygienist Tessa loves to share her knowledge with you. Read her advice and prevent oral problems from occurring.

Here are the seven key points for maintaining a healthy mouth:

Brushing? At least twice a day

Although it is considered “normal”, it is without doubt the most important thing to do: brushing your teeth. And not once, but at least twice a day. Brushing your teeth twice a day helps reduce plaque which in return helps reduce harmful bacteria from growing. Research has shown that brushing less than twice a day can increase the production of cavities. So be smart and brush those gorgeous teeth.

Check your technique

Brushing the right way is just as important. One of the things that goes wrong most frequently is missing spots in the mouth. Be sure you brush all your teeth and lightly brush your gum. We are all rushed and often don’t take our time to take good care of our mouth. But remember: a healthy mouth makes a healthy body. When you don’t remove plaque, infections like periodontitis and gingivitis can occur. Brushing your teeth gently is the best way since brushing too hard will make your gum too soft and more fragile.

The right toothbrush

There are so many toothbrushes to choose from these day. From tiny to huge ones and hard to ultra soft brushes. BlueM recommends using a soft or ultra soft brush. This will make sure that the toothpaste, which is a little bit more liquid than you might be used to, can be easily applied to the brush. Moreover, a soft toothbrush protects your gums. Receding gums, which develop more easily when brushing with the wrong toothbrush, will be more sensitive to temperature differences (cold/heat). Receeding gums are also softer, and more sensitive, which in turn can enhance dental problems.

Replace those nasty brushes

We have all done it: brushing our teeth with a toothbrush that we should’ve thrown away a loooong time ago. As soon as the hairs on the brush lose their strength and start splitting it is time to replace your toothbrush. Make sure you always have enough toothbrushes (or heads for electrical brushing) in your home. We advise to replacing your toothbrush every three months.

The space between your teeth

It doesn’t matter how well or how often you brush your teeth, not every spot is reachable with just a toothbrush. You need an extra hand: use floss and/or inter dental brushes. Cleaning your teeth like this on a daily bases, and possibly adding our oral gel, will help prevent gingivitis and periodontitis.

Avoid cakes, sweets and fizzy drinks

The Western diet has been show to be the cause of many diseases including tooth decay. Often there are high levels of sugar included in our daily intake. Our nutritionist Laura always advises reading the small print on the back of food packaging and having a very close look at the amount of sugar. Sugar isn’t only found in obvious products like cakes, sweets and fizzy drinks, but also in products that ‘look’ healthy. Don’t let yourself be fooled. Sweets and chewing gum with sugar are some of the worst culprits. This is due to the duration these products stay in your mouth. The longer sugar is in your mouth, the sooner you can develop tooth decay and increased risk of developing caries.

Missed your appointment?

Even if you think there is nothing wrong with your teeth or dental hygiene, we strongly advise you to still see your dental hygienist and dentist at least once a year. Only a specialist can notice problems in an early stage and “nip it in the bud”.