Oral Hygiene Tips from a Dental Hygienist

I am often asked varying questions about oral hygiene, from brushing techniques to product recommendations. I’ve rounded up some commonly asked questions from my Instagram followers and compiled them into this blog post.

If you have a question for me, send me an email at info@londonhygienist.com and it may be featured in an upcoming blog!

1. Should I brush my teeth before or after breakfast?

Brush before, rinse after. If you brush before breakfast, then you’ve protected your teeth before eating thanks to the fluoride in the toothpaste. If you brush after breakfast and you've had things like juice or cereal, you risk rubbing the acids or sugars into the enamel, which can cause dental decay and erosion.

If you feel you want to cleanse your mouth after eating, the best thing to do is to rinse with some water or have a piece of sugar-free gum, especially one that’s got xylitol in it, because it can help fight against dental decay.

2. Are there certain habits I may have when brushing that might damage my teeth? What tips would you give for correct brushing?

The main culprits are not brushing enough or for long enough, missing the gumline, and overbrushing,