Dentists and Spotlight Oral Care founders, Dr. Lisa and Dr. Vanessa Creaven have shared their top five tips for at-home oral care, as they are aware that 90% of oral health is dependent on what is done at home, as opposed to while sitting in the dentist's chair.
Here, they share their top tips to nail your oral care routine at home:
1. Brush your teeth twice a day for two minutes
Brushing is the only effective way to reduce plaque build-up and maintain a healthy, beautiful smile. Lisa and Vanessa recommend brushing your teeth and gums for two minutes, even if your teeth feel clean after one! The sonic brush comes with a built-in two-minute self-timer to ensure you’re never over brushing your teeth - which can actually do more damage than good!
2. Don't forget to brush your tongue
Bacteria love to grow and build up on the tongue. Bacteria on your tongue is the number one cause of bad breath. Mouthwash can be used throughout the day to freshen up your breath on the go. But if bacteria is alive on the tongue, it needs to go to avoid tooth decay.
3. Flossing is not a myth
Flossing is something that can often go undone, but in fact, it’s actually just as important as brushing. Brushing your teeth is only half the battle to keep teeth and gums healthy. Flossing once a day is a great way to remove plaque and food build-up in those hard to reach places. The dentists would go as far as to say flossing is more important than mouthwash!
4. Avoid sugary food and drinks (that includes fruit!)
Foods labelled 'low calorie’, which may appear healthy can often be loaded with sugar. Keep this in mind when snacking in the evening, as sugar can linger on the teeth while you sleep if you don't brush right before bed. The dentists highlight that fruit is also full of sugar, and it is important to beware. Consuming large amounts of these foods can lead to tooth decay or erosion which exposes your teeth to sensitivity.
5. Know what's in your oral care products
Look for products that contain key ingredients such as fluoride and casein phosphopeptide as they reduce plaque build-up, strengthen your enamel, help make teeth more resistant to acid attacks, and prevent tooth decay.
Mouthwash is a great way to fight bad breath but be sure it doesn’t contain alcohol. Alcohol is a drying agent and will reduce or eliminate saliva, which we need to keep our mouths fresh and flush away any bad bacteria.