Dental hygiene is very important. Lots of people think of dental hygiene as cosmetic but it is actually very important to your overall health. Issues with your teeth and gums can be very serious and lead to infections which can potentially be life threatening. It is vital that you look after your teeth and gums well from a very early age.
You should be brushing your teeth at least twice a day and also trying to floss between your teeth to remove any build up that the toothbrush cannot get to. It has been proved that using an electric tooth brush offers a much higher level of cleaning than a manual one.
You need to use a toothpaste that has the right level of fluoride for your age and if you have sensitive teeth, use one that is specifically designed for that purpose. If your teeth are extremely sensitive then you may even need a prescription toothpaste from your dentist.
After brushing your teeth, you may want to use a mouth wash. Using a mouthwash that contains fluoride can help prevent tooth decay, but a very common mistake that people make is to use it straight after brushing their teeth. Doing this will wash away the concentrated fluoride in the toothpaste left on your teeth.