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Accredited Oral Hygiene Service

Why is keeping your mouth area clean important?

Maintaining good hygiene is very important; it stops diseases spreading and keeps you clean. This includes oral hygiene. Maintaining good oral hygiene is essential to prevent dental disease and bad breath.

Oral hygiene basics:

Good mouth hygiene is usually attributed to someone who:

  • Has clean, tartar and plaque-free teeth
  • Has pink, healthy gums with no bleeding during brushing and flossing
  • Has breath that feels fresh and clean

Having an effective cleaning plan for your teeth and mouth can be valuable not just now but in later life. Putting a greater emphasis on oral hygiene helps you to avoid tooth decay and gum disease. Some basics of oral hygiene to consider are:

  • Brushing your teeth twice a day (in the morning and before bed) with fluoride toothpaste and an electronic toothbrush. Clean the roof of your mouth, tongue and gums gently as part of your bi-daily routine
  • Flossing before cleaning your teeth is vital for removing debris left behind during eating. This should be done at least once with every brushing. Floss in between the teeth and take care not to damage the gums while flossing.
  • Use mouthwash to rinse around the mouth after meals. Mouthwash and water should not be used after brushing as this can wash away fluoride from the toothpaste that coasts and protects the teeth from incoming stains and plaque.

Good oral hygiene can sometimes be difficult to manage without proper support and advice. Our team of professional and friendly pharmacy staff will highlight changes you can make to get the best out of your daily cleaning routine.