A good oral hygiene routine starts with using a manual or electric toothbrush for at least 2 minutes twice a day.

Start by choosing a fluoride based toothpaste, using about a pea size amount on a dry toothbrush.

It is important to clean all the visible surfaces of your teeth working methodically around the mouth so that you don’t forget any surface.

Commonly people forget to brush the surfaces closer to the roof of your mouth and tongue.

Interdental brushes and floss are also recommended to clean between the teeth.

Sometimes you may wish to use a mouthwash. We would advise you to use an alcohol free fluoride mouthwash.

Please speak directly to your dentist or hygienist about your oral hygiene routine. This is especially important if you know or have been told that you have gum disease.

Tooth brushing for children and babies

You should start cleaning your child’s teeth as soon as they come through the gums. There are special toothbrushes for babies. Children will need to have their brushing supervised until you are confident that they are able to brush sufficiently on their own.

Make tooth brushing a regular activity after breakfast and before bedtime.