We’ve compiled a few tips to help keep your teeth and mouth in tip-top condition, read on and get ready to impress your dentist at your next trip.
These tips were developed by Peppersmith in partnership with dentists Simone Kelly from Smile Right Dental Practice, Barbican and Dr Mihir Shah at Battersea Park Dental.

Brushing those gnashers

When brushing, spit don’t rinse as the residues of toothpaste are what prevents the decay.  Electric toothbrushes are more effective than a manual. If you do use a manual use a soft bristled one doing small circles, pointing the bristles into the gum at a 45 degree angle, spend 3 minutes twice daily.  Avoid brushing for 30 minutes to an hour after eating anything acidic, like fruit juice, as the enamel is weaker and more likely to be thinned or damaged if you do brush.
(Simone Kelly, Smile Right Dental Practice)

Swilling with mouthwash

A common mistake is to use mouthwash after brushing.  Mouthwash has a lower level of fluoride than toothpaste so if you do use it straight after brushing, you’re essentially washing away the fluoride you need from the toothpaste.  Not so good.  You can still use a mouthwash but try to do this when you get home from work or after lunch instead and opt for an alcohol free mouth wash.
(Simone Kelly, Smile Right Dental Practice)

Don’t forget flossing

When done properly, flossing really does help to control plaque, keep gums healthy and maintain good mouth hygiene by removing any food that gets caught in between teeth. Try to floss once a day in the evening, interdental brushes like Tepe are also excellent and come in lots of sizes, you may find them less fiddly to use than floss. Your dentist or hygienist can advise you on the best option for your teeth so ask them next time you’re in for a check-up.
(Simone Kelly, Smile Right Dental Practice)

Reduce the frequency of acid attacks

It is a myth that the amount of sugar  in your diet relates to the likelihood you will develop cavities.  It is in fact the amount of time the sugar is in your mouth.  Reducing the number of times in the day you consume something with sugar (or ‘sugar attacks’) will dramatically reduce your risk of developing cavities.  Try sticking to 5-7 sugar attacks in the day (breakfast, lunch, dinner and two other times).
(Dr Mihir Shah, Battersea Park Dental)

Switch up your snacks

If you do need to snack, try nuts, lightly salted popcorn or fresh fruit.  Try to avoid juices, fizzy drinks, chewy or sticky sugary snacks altogether. If you’re looking for a change from water, there are loads of sugar-free alternatives around so give them a go.
(Simone Kelly, Smile Right Dental Practice)

Munch on some sugar-free 100% xylitol mints and gum

Eating and drinking almost always increases the acid levels in your mouth.  If these acid levels drop below the critical level (pH5.5) your teeth can start to dissolve (or demineralise).  Your body’s natural response is to decrease acid levels back to the ‘safe zone’.  Without help, this process usually takes 20-30 mins.  Chewing sugar free gum after meals stimulates saliva production, which speeds up this process and means your teeth are quickly back in the ‘safe zone’.  As an added bonus, saliva contains calcium and phosphates which helps remineralise your teeth thus strengthening your enamel.
(Dr Mihir Shah, Battersea Park Dental)

Cleaner teeth on the go

You should always wait 20-30 mins after eating for your mouth to neutralise before brushing your teeth,  Understandably, it’s not always practical to brush and floss after every meal.  Chewing gum immediately after a meal can reduce the amount of plaque and food particles that are left between your teeth.
(Dr Mihir Shah, Battersea Park Dental)
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