Tips for Good Oral Hygiene

Why Taking Good Care of Your Teeth Pays Off

Whilst thousands of pounds are spent each year on dental procedures, many of these cosmetic, the need for many of these may well have been prevented by just a little knowledge and application of good oral health care.

Naturally, at 77 Harley Street, we do recognise that many people will have to have dental procedures carried out for reasons such as accidental tooth damage, side effects of medications or even for cosmetic reasons that are critical to a person’s career, for example an actor or news reader. For most people though, taking good care of their teeth means that many of the more invasive dental procedures can be avoided altogether.

Cleaning Your Teeth

The most obvious method of decay prevention is to simply clean your teeth at least twice a day and preferably shortly after each meal. Some chewing gums (sugar free) are also useful for those times after a meal when cleaning your teeth is simply not practical.

Even this simple method of keeping your teeth and gums in good condition can be rendered less effective though if done incorrectly.  One example of this is that many people simply use a toothbrush for much too long; others though, do not brush for long enough. A firm bristled toothbrush should be used, unless professionally advised otherwise, and should be replaced at least every three months. The same applies with replacing the head of an electric toothbrush. By doing this, the bristles will be firm enough to remove early stage deposits of plaque as well as food particles. A brushing time of 2 minutes is recommended to do a thorough job.


It is thought that significantly less than a quarter of the population in the UK actually floss their teeth. This is a shame as it is an excellent way to remove particles of food which have become stuck between the teeth. These particles often otherwise stay there for a long period of time and are likely causes for tooth decay or gum disease.

Although some find flossing a difficult procedure to master, there are now many alternatives available in supermarkets which do the same thing but which are easier to use.

If you struggle to floss, we are happy to advise you on how best to do this; simply ask when you come to your next appointment.


Mouthwash can be useful for ridding the mouth of some bacteria. It should be noted though that it is no substitute for flossing and some mouthwashes can actually discolour your teeth if used too soon after brushing. Always leave a short period of time in between if you can.

Dental Care and Hygienists

Whilst these simple procedures which you can do at home will stand you in good stead to have clean and healthy teeth, you should never underestimate the importance of visiting a dentist on a regular basis. Most often this will be twice a year but your dentist may recommend more regular visits if you have specific needs.

By visiting our dental practice in Harley Street, West London, we are able to detect any problems early on and treat these in a much less invasive manner than if the problem is not detected and has to be treated at a more advanced stage.

Our hygienist too has an important role to play in the health of your teeth, and as well as performing minor functions such as cleaning your teeth professionally, is able to advise you on the best way to clean and floss your teeth and provide an overall plan of your dental health care.

This entry was posted in Hygiene. Bookmark the permalink.