20 Apr Oral Health Linked to Overall Health & Wellbeing – Take it from the WHO
Oral health is linked to your overall health and wellbeing – take it from the World Health Organisation
We hope you are continuing to look after your teeth in the Long Sutton Dentistry way – diligent toothbrushing (preferably with an electric toothbrush) and cleaning in-between your teeth with floss, ‘floss picks’ or interdental brushes twice daily. Beth will have recommended what is most suitable for you – if you are struggling to buy any products please let us know and we will do our best to source them and post out to you!
Now is a more important time than ever to keep up with your good oral health habits. The World Health Organisation themselves have stressed that with healthy mouths come healthy bodies and a better quality of life. Keeping your mouth healthy now will prevent dental problems and treatment needed in the future.
Here are Beth’s top tips for keeping your mouth sparkling clean and healthy during lockdown:
• If you use an electric toothbrush, hold at a 45 degree angle toward the gum line and hold against the tooth and gum. Move slowly over the front, top and back of all teeth (I advise that each tooth surface needs a couple of seconds)
• Whichever brush you us, don’t scrub too hard on your gums as you may do them more harm than good!
• If you find string floss difficult or painful to use, try TePe interdental brushes or floss sticks for cleaning between the teeth
• If your gums bleed when brushing or flossing, you may not be cleaning your teeth as often or as effectively as needed — keep up twice daily cleaning (including between your teeth) and bleeding should subside within a week
• Rinse your mouth with/sip water after eating to prevent plaque build up. Or use a fluoride mouthwash
• Remember not to rinse with a mouthwash after brushing, as this washes away the fluoride from the toothpaste. Its best to avoid eating and drinking for about 30 minutes after brushing