The Private Clinic’s Dr Ansam offers her Top Six Tips for oral health!
Brush at least twice a day.
The best time to brush teeth is after meals. Choose a toothbrush with a small head for better access to back teeth. Soft bristles are kinder on your gums. And use a fluoridated toothpaste to harden tooth enamel and reduce your risk of decay.
Floss your teeth daily.
Use a slow and gentle sawing motion.
Limit acidic drinks like soft drinks and fruit juices.
Food acids soften tooth material and dissolve the minerals in tooth enamel, causing holes (cavities or caries). In severe cases, teeth may be ‘eaten’ right down to the gum.
Limit sugary foods.
Bacteria in dental plaque change sugars into acids.
Avoid using your teeth for anything other than chewing food.
If you use them to crack nuts, remove bottle tops or rip open packaging, you risk chipping or even breaking your teeth.
See your dentist for regular check-ups.
You should also visit your dentist if you have a dental problem such as a toothache or bleeding gums. Dr Ansam is The Private Clinic’s lead dentist and one of the most experienced practitioners in the UAE. Make a booking to see her HERE.