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News / March 19, 2014

Dental experts offer oral hygiene tips

by Guy Hiscott

Decare Dental Insurance Ireland has shared oral hygiene tips to celebrate World Oral Health Day on 20 March 2014.

The oral health advice follows research revealing that almost half (48%) of all Irish people have not visited the dentist in the past year.

Speaking ahead of World Oral Health Day 2014, Dr Ger Gavin, chief dental officer for Decare Dental Insurance Ireland, said: ‘I urge people to make simple changes to their lifestyles… to prevent long term damage [to their teeth].’

Dr Gavin recommends the following tips to improving oral health:

Food – limit sugary snacks and choose healthier food choices to prevent dental decay and dental erosion. Wait at least one hour before brushing after eating meals or snacks

Drink – choose water over fizzy acidic drinks to avoid dental decay and dental erosion

Dentist – aim to visit the dentist at least once a year or more, as per national and international recommended guidelines to maintain good oral health, prevent dental decay and gum disease

Dental Insurance – research has shown Irish customers with dental insurance are more likely to attend the dentist, developing a regular oral health routine, leading to long-term benefits for oral health and general health

Brush teeth at least twice a day for two minutes each time, with a recommended fluoride toothpaste for adults and children over two years. Choose a toothbrush with a small head and soft nylon bristles and replace it every two to three months. Electric brushes are also very effective. Use only alcohol free mouthwash, inter dental cleaners like dental floss and a tongue cleaner as part of your dental routine.

World Oral Health Day is an FDI World Dental Foundation initiative. It aims to promote worldwide awareness of the issues around oral health and hygiene.

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