• Sandygate Dental Practice

How to keep on top of your oral health

Our team at Sandygate Dental believe there is one key to looking after your teeth and that’s complete consistent care when it comes to your oral hygiene. Most dental problems are totally avoidable if patients are conscientiously and consistently cleaning their teeth correctly. We see so many people come with issues that could have been avoided. So what is good oral health care? And are you missing a step?

Cleaning


Cleaning your teeth is such an underrated daily activity. We get up, make our breakfasts, shower and brush, brush, brush. But have you really ever thought out your technique when brushing? No? You're not alone. Lots of people just brush back and forth as they always have done, not paying much or any attention to the surface area they’re brushing, but it’s actually really important to get the area scrupulously clean when you’re brushing - as obvious as that might sound.


When you're brushing your teeth, you need to make sure you’re using circular motions and travelling across the full 360 degrees of the tooth surface. Make sure you’re paying particular attention to the gum line as well as the actual tooth itself. Bad bacteria, and germs tend to build up in the gum line and between the teeth as opposed to on the surface of the teeth and it's this build-up that over time turns to plaque and tartar - both of which are leading causes of tooth decay and gum disease.


Toothpaste


Check out your toothpaste, are you using a toothpaste which is kind to teeth, but includes low levels of fluoride? Fluoride has protective qualities and in the right amounts can help your teeth keep on top of its protective layer of enamel which is key in protecting against decay. If you aren’t sure about the toothpaste you are using then speak to our dentist in Sheffield to find out if it’s the right fit for you.


Flossing


Flossing is the most underrated tool when it comes to oral hygiene, daily flossing can really be the difference between gum disease or no gum disease. Though it’s often time consuming and a little awkward, flossing is the only tool that truly gets deep between the teeth to remove germs from the gum line. Daily flossing could really make the difference between lots of money spent treating tooth issues and not - so really you need to weigh up the practicalities; a little time spent flossing, or a lot of money spent fixing?


If you’re unsure on flossing, or don’t know the best type of technique, speak to our dentist in Sheffield who will be able to advise you on what is the best brand for you.


Regular check-ups


It might not feel like part of your oral health routine, but attending regular check-ups with your dentist is super important. Just because you might not feel or think you are experiencing issues with your teeth doesn’t mean you don’t have early signs and symptoms that our dentist in Sheffield will be able to spot, so make sure you come and see us regularly.