Teeth are vital to our overall health.
The mouth contains millions of bacteria, some good bacteria and some bad bacteria. The bad bacteria cause problems if they accumulate on the surface of the teeth and gums in the form of plaque. Plaque is a bacteria that coats the teeth then feeds on sugars in our food and drink, which then produces acid. The acid softens and weakens the dental enamel and then calcium and mineral salts are lost from the tooth surface causing decay.
Brushing twice a day with fluoride toothpaste is essential to keep our teeth and mouth healthy. Sugar plays a major part in tooth decay, sugary foods and drinks should be limited to meal times only and in moderate amount.
Top Teeth Brushing tips
||Place the head of your toothbrush against your teeth, then tilt the bristle tips to a 45 degree angle against the gum line. Move the brush in small circular movements, several times, on all the surfaces of every tooth.|
||Brush the outer surfaces of each tooth, upper and lower, keeping the bristles angled against the gum line. |
|| Use the same method on the inside surfaces of all your teeth. |
||Brush the chewing surfaces of the teeth. |
||To clean the inside surfaces of the front teeth, tilt the brush vertically and make several small circular strokes with the toe (the front part) of the brush.|
||Brushing your tongue will help freshen your breath and will clean your mouth by removing bacteria. |
If you need to be registered by an NHS dentist, ring 0845 46 47 or visit www.nhsdirect.wales.nhs.uk