Everyone does it a little bit differently. Some like an electric toothbrush; others prefer manual. Some clean before breakfast; others wait until after. With so many different habits and opinions, it can be hard to know what’s the right way to care for your teeth. Come and visit Best Kennewick dentist here.
So we decided to ask the expert. Here, London dentist Dr Rhona Eskander shares her personal oral hygiene routine, including how she stays minty fresh on the go and why brushing alone is never enough.
‘I always brush before breakfast’
“Our breakfast favourites, like orange juice, sugary cereals and pastries, are some of the worst foods for our tooth enamel. Brushing with toothpaste before breakfast means the fluoride will provide a protective barrier against tooth decay. If you clean straight after breakfast, you’re actually brushing the acids into the enamel, which can weaken it. If you do prefer to brush after, wait for 30 minutes to an hour to ensure you’re protecting your teeth.”
‘Electric is better than manual’
“I brush twice a day every day for two minutes with an electric toothbrush. Using an electric toothbrush instead of a manual one ensures you brush properly without causing damage to the teeth. With manual brushing, it’s easy to skimp on the full 120 seconds or to brush too hard, but thanks to timers and pressure sensors, an electric toothbrush will help improve your technique and compliance.”
‘Brushing alone isn’t enough’
“Using a toothbrush only cleans up to 60% of the tooth’s surface. If you don’t clean between the teeth, bacteria and food debris will get left behind, which can lead to complications such as gum disease and dental decay. How you clean between the teeth depends on how much space there is and what works for you. If there’s enough room, try TePe interdental brushes. They’re an easy and efficient way to keep your gums and teeth clean and healthy.” TePe has also just launched a more sustainable version of its interdental brush, which has an 80% smaller carbon footprint* — so you can care for your smile and the planet.
“To use, it’s important to choose the right size of TePe interdental brush. Often, you’ll need more than one size for the different spaces in your mouth. Your dentist or dental hygienist can advise on the correct size for you, but if you’re not sure, try the TePe interdental brush mixed pack. Use the brushes daily and replace when the bristles become worn. To clean, insert the brush into the space between the teeth and move it gently back and forth a few times.”
‘I chew sugar-free gum after lunch’
“Chewing sugar-free gum with xylitol stimulates saliva production, which helps to rinse away bacteria and reduce the acid in your mouth that weakens tooth enamel. I also always try to drink a glass of water after eating to help wash away bacteria (plus there’s added fluoride in the tap water in some areas of the UK).”
‘Some foods are kinder to your teeth’
“During the day, I try to avoid sugary, highly processed treats – particularly between meals – as they combine with the bacteria in your mouth to create harmful acids that break down the building blocks of your tooth enamel. I also avoid drinks like hot water with lemon, which is quite acidic.