Maintaining your oral health
Due to the current guidelines, I am unable to treat patients face-to-face and provide hands-on treatment as well as the ongoing preventive care we have always provided. Maintaining your oral health as part of your overall health and hygiene will help to minimise the risk of cavities and gum disease, therefore reducing the likelihood of the need for emergency treatment or antibiotics.
For most of us our usual routines have been completely changed over recent weeks and it is easy to let some good habits slip given the disruption. Making sure you find 2 or 3 minutes, twice a day to look after your oral hygiene will be time well spent. Here’s my advice to help to maintain your dental health over the coming weeks:
- Brush teeth twice a day for 2 minutes with a fluoride toothpaste. Ideally first thing in the morning, after breakfast and just before you go to bed.
- Avoid regular sugary drink consumption, replace with water where possible.
- Chew sugar-free gum for 20 minutes after food as it helps to neutralise plaque acid which attacks teeth.
- Use an interdental brush, floss or tape to effectively clean between your teeth.
- Avoid snacking between meals as it leaves your teeth vulnerable to acid attack.
- Use mouthwash for extra oral protection between brushing.
If you are experiencing dental pain or discomfort, please call the surgery on 01428 723179 and I will be able to advise on the appropriate care.