24 Dec

The Importance of Brushing and Flossing in London in 2015

It’s nearly time to think about making resolutions and adopting good habits for 2015, so why not add better brushing and flossing to your list?
The importance of good oral hygiene cannot be underestimated, so make 2015 the year your smile sparkles!

Why are brushing and flossing so important?

Brushing and flossing are the best weapons you have in your arsenal against harmful bacteria and plaque. With a good daily oral hygiene regime, you can vastly reduce your risk of gum disease and dental decay, as well as bad breath and staining. If you don’t brush on a regular basis, bacteria remains in your mouth, multiplies and combines with saliva and food debris to create plaque. Plaque is the main risk factor for decay and gum disease, but it can be prevented with good oral hygiene.
Most people know why flossing and brushing are important for oral health, but studies have also linked oral health to general health, and researchers believe that poor standards of oral health are linked to an elevated risk of heart disease, strokes and other serious illnesses including diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease and complications during pregnancy and labour.

Brushing and flossing tips

Here are some simple brushing and flossing tips to boost your oral health in the New Year:

  • brush twice a day, every morning and evening for at least 2 minutes each time
  • use a brush with soft or medium bristles
  • angle the brush head to clean the gum line
  • don’t brush too hard
  • wait an hour after eating to brush
  • floss daily and avoid pulling at dental floss
  • ask your dentist if you have any questions about oral hygiene
  • use fluoride toothpaste
  • invest in an electric toothbrush