1. Understand your own oral health needs

Different people have different oral health needs and concerns. Factors such as your age, diet, medical conditions and habits all have an impact upon your oral health. It is important to understand your oral health status so that you can maintain a healthy mouth and address any issues as they arise.

2. Commit to a good oral health routine

Discussing your oral health routine with your dentist or dental hygienist will help you to determine whether you are caring for your teeth in the best way. Your oral health routine should be based on your specific individual needs and should take into account medical and lifestyle factors. For example, if you take medication that dries your mouth, it is important to use fluoride every day.

3. Use products that contain fluoride

Using toothpaste or mouthwash containing fluoride is an effective preventative measure that strengthens teeth in children and helps to prevent decay in adults. You can purchase products containing fluoride at most supermarkets and pharmacies and your dentist can prescribe you a product with a higher concentration if needed.

4. Brush and floss at least twice daily

You should be brushing your teeth at least twice per day, if not three, and flossing once per day. Cleaning your teeth in this way helps to remove remnants of food and gets rid of plaque, which is constantly forming on your teeth. If plaque isn’t removed regularly, it can harden to form tartar. This makes it difficult to clean your teeth properly, putting your teeth at risk of decay and possibly causing gingivitis in your gums.

5. Limit snacking especially those high in sugar or acidity

Even though we all love to snack, doing so regularly is bad for your oral health. Every time you snack, bits of food become lodged in your teeth, triggering the production of acids that can cause tooth decay. It is best to brush your teeth after you snack or chew sugarless gum afterwards.

6. Quit smoking

Smoking is bad news for your oral health in many ways. Not only can it cause bad breath and stains on your teeth, but it can also contribute to decay, gingivitis, periodontics and even oral cancer.

7. Be aware of changes in your mouth

You know your mouth better than anyone else. If you notice any changes such as swollen gums, tooth sensitivity or changes in the appearance of your teeth, book an appointment with your dentist.

8. Visit your dentist regularly

Visiting a dental professional on a regular basis is the best way to maintain or improve your oral health. Undergoing regular examinations will help you keep track of any changes and treat them as quickly as possible.