Our mouths are home to millions of bacteria. Their presence is normal and part of every healthy mouth. The bacteria eat food particles left on our teeth, and release substances that attack your enamel over time. This can lead to tooth decay.
Good oral hygiene can reduce therefore the build-up of bacteria.
When should you brush your teeth?
The British Dental Association recommends brushing your teeth twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste to prevent tooth decay and gum disease.
Most people to brush after meals; however, to keep your teeth at their healthiest, it is better to brush your teeth before eating rather than after.
How should you brush your teeth?
- Tilt your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle against the gum line and roll the bristles away from the gum line.
- Gently brush the outside, inside and chewing surface of each tooth using short back-and forth strokes.
- Gently brush your tongue to remove bacteria and freshen breath.
You need to clean between your teeth as brushing alone only clean 60% of your teeth surfaces. Interdental brushes or floss can be used to clean between your teeth.