What else can you do to maintain whole mouth health? In addition to your twice daily toothbrushing routine, your dental professional may recommend using dental floss and mouthwash. •
Dental floss removes plaque from between teeth where it is hard to reach with your toothbrush. Your dental professional can advise on how to best use dental floss •
Mouthwashes can provide extra protection against plaque, bacteria and tooth decay. To maximise the effect of mouthwash use at a different time to toothbrushing to avoid washing the fluoride away from the toothpaste.
Whole mouth health starts with healthy teeth and gums Healthy teeth can last a lifetime. Healthy gums are an essential part of the supporting structures that keep your teeth in place. When healthy, your gums are firm and don’t bleed. Healthy gums fit snugly around your teeth and form a seal to prevent bacteria accumulating under the gum line
Maintaining whole mouth health for healthy gums and teeth Together with your dental professional you can help maintain whole mouth health with an effective oral health regime. The following tips will help you maximise the effectiveness of your toothbrushing: • Both gum disease and tooth decay can be prevented by regular toothbrushing with fluoride toothpaste • Some toothpastes also contain ingredients which reduce the onset and development of gum diseases • Brush your teeth twice a day – last thing at night and on one other occasion • Your existing method of toothbrushing may need to be modified by your dental professional, emphasising the need to systemically clean all tooth surfaces