What is Oral Hygiene?

Brushing your teeth twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste not only helps prevent tooth decay and gum disease, it can also prevent bad breath.

We recommend rechargable electric tooth brushes however if used correctly, a hand brush can be equally as effective. Ensure that you have a systematic approach, brushing each surface of each tooth.

You should spend at least 2 minutes brushing using circular movements ensuring the brush is at a 45 degree angle to your gums.

In addition to brushing we also recommend you use floss as part of your oral hygiene regime. Flossing your teeth helps remove plaque and bacteria from between your teeth and from under your gumline.

Take about 45cm (18 inches) of floss and it around the middle fingers of each hand. Pinch the floss between the thumb and index finger, leaving around 2.5-5cm (1-2 inch) of floss in between.

Pulling the floss tight, slide it up and down against the tooth surface and under the gumline. Try not to use a sawing action as this could cut into the gum. Instead, try a circular movement with your fingers - this will help you get underneath the gumline without causing any damage.

When you move on to the next tooth, rewind the floss you're holding to expose a fresh piece. Do this for your whole mouth.

Dont worry if your gums bleed!