Wednesday, 27 July 2016
Dental Hygiene Tips from Leading Dental Professional
Tariq Drabu is a leading dentist and specialist oral surgeon based in the United Kingdom. He is the owner of the Langley Dental Practice which caters to private and NHS patients on a daily basis.
Tariq Drabu advised that there are a number of hygiene tips which are shared by hygienist around the world to encourage patients to improve their oral health and look after their teeth and gums at all times.
Replace your toothbrush
The first dental hygiene tip is to replace your toothbrush at least every three to four months. So many people will follow a good brushing routine, but fail to replace their toothbrush, which can result in them spreading bacteria around their mouth rather than removing it.
The next hygiene tip is to ensure you are brushing properly. Brushing involves holding your toothbrush at a forty five degree angle and brushing each individual tooth with gum. It should take you no faster than a full two to three minutes to brush all your teeth effectively. This should be done twice daily with the brushing before bed being the most important.
Tariq Drabu agrees that not everyone enjoys the experience of flossing and when you have bridges and crowns, you may fear that the floss will pull them out of place. At the same time, flossing is imperative to your oral health and will help improve gum health in the long run. You need to focus between each of the teeth, wiggling the floss back and forth and remember to go over the gum line. Flossing should be done once a day, though Tariq Drabu advises that if you want to floss twice daily, he definitely encourages that.
Sugar free gum
There will be times when your toothbrush isn't at hand. You may have gone out for lunch with a colleague or you have gone away for the night and accidentally left your toothbrush at home. There is no need to panic. Tariq Drabu advised that everyone should carry sugar free gum in their bag or overnight bag.
The sugar free gum can help remove food, bacteria and plaque, while the chewing will increase saliva production which is alkaline and designed to protect the teeth.
Tariq Drabu also recommends that all patients visit their oral hygienist on given appointments to have their teeth professionally cleaned to remove plaque and tartar build up.