With restrictions in place in many parts of the world, you may be less likely to go to the dentist for a routine check-up.
A check-up allows a dentist to see if you have any problems with your teeth or gums and helps to keep this area healthy.
But if lockdowns or concerns around visiting the dentist safely mean you haven't visited a dentist in a while, here are some tips to help keep your teeth healthy until your next visit:
1. Brush your teeth twice a day
Brush your teeth for about 2 minutes before you go to bed at night and at another time during the day. This will prevent plaque build-up, which can cause gum disease and tooth decay.
2. Use fluoride toothpaste
Using a fluoride toothpaste will prevent the enamel on your teeth from wearing down and therefore prevent tooth decay. It’s recommended that adults use a toothpaste with at least 1,350 parts per million (ppm).
3. Choose the right toothbrush for you
It doesn’t matter whether you use a manual or an electric toothbrush, though some people find it easier to clean their teeth thoroughly with an electric toothbrush.
4. Remember to floss
Flossing is just as important as brushing your teeth. It removes plaque from your gum-line and helps reduce gum disease and bad breath. You can also use brushes that clean between the teeth (interdental brushes) to remove plaque and food that may be stuck there.
5. Cut back on sugar
Sugar can cause plaque to build on the teeth, which can lead to tooth decay. Avoid eating foods high in added or refined sugar such as sweets, biscuits and pastries.
Quote of the day
You don’t have to brush all your teeth – just the ones you want to keep.