Did you know dentists recommend to change your toothbrush every 3 months? While most of us may know this very few people seem to change there toothbrush as regularly as they should.

September 12th is World Oral Health Day and this it's a timely reminder for us to think about when we last went to the dentist and how we best look after our teeth.

Here is a reminder from Colgate about how to keep your teeth healthy and clean!

Brushing

BrushingBrushing twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste helps remove plaque which can lead to tooth decay and gum problems. Proper brushing should take about two minutes using short gentle strokes. Finish by brushing your tongue as well.

A soft bristled brush with a small head is recommended as it can reach more areas of the mouth. Alternatively, use a power toothbrush to ensure that you clean and protect throughly. Whatever you use, it’s important to replace your toothbrush when it begins to show wear or at least every three months. It’s also good to replace your toothbrush after you’ve had a cold and to store your brush in a clean dry place, to avoid the build-up of hidden germs and bacteria.

Flossing

Flossing
Daily flossing will clean between the teeth where your toothbrush can’t reach. Flossing can help to keep your breath fresh. Floss at least once a day, preferably at night.

Be sure to clean beneath the gum line, but avoid snapping the floss on the gums. Use clean sections of floss as you move from tooth to tooth.

Rinse and Mouthwash

Rinse and Mouthwash
Rinsing regularly with a mouthwash as advised for adults and children over 10 is another great way to help fight plaque forming and guard against the build-up of bacteria.

Using Mouthwash can help protect gums, and is a great way to get rid the mouth of the bacteria loosened during flossing. Plus it gives you a cleaner and fresher mouth.

There are many different types and flavours available-ask your dentist which one is best for your teeth and gums.

Visit the Dentist

Visit the Dentist
Visit your dentist regularly to check your mouth for signs of disease. Early detection of problems means they can be treated more easily and effectively.

During a visit, your dentist can thoroughly clean your teeth. They can also clean below the gum line to remove build-up of plaque and tartar that can cause gum disease, cavities, bad breath and other problems.

Special thanks to Colgate for the reminder.