What can I do to keep my teeth healthy?

A guide to looking after your teeth.PDF

Oral health for adults is just as important, poor oral health has been linked with a number of health conditions including diabetes, stroke, heart disease, lung disease and dementia. For adults the general advice to support positive oral health is:

  • Brush twice a day with fluoride toothpaste
  • Brush last thing at night and on one other occasion
  • After brushing spit out the toothpaste but don’t rinse with water
  • Your toothpaste should contain 1350-1500ppm fluoride
  • Avoid sweet and sugary food and drinks between meals (this includes dried fruit, honey and pure fruit juice)
  • See a dentist regularly – don’t wait until problems start
  • Clean between your teeth with floss or interdental brushes (toothbrushes can’t reach between teeth)
  • Avoid smoking
  • Avoid chewing tobacco, paan, gutka or khat (these can cause oral cancer)
  • Try to eat a balanced diet with at least 5 portions of fruit and vegetables a day

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Last reviewed: 06/05/2022