With one set of reel teeth, they are worth keeping in good nick. Gum disease or teeth decay is not an attractive feature to have. Constantly visiting the dentist or even those regular checkups with filling after filling will start adding up on your bank account.

Keeping your teeth looking good and filling free can be done from simple changes or swaps. Here are our top 5 tips to keeping them in tip top shape.

1 – Brush your teeth for at least 2 minutes

30 seconds to a minute won’t do. Brush your teeth at least twice a day for a minimum of two minutes at a time to get a deep and thorough clean. Too many people will rush this process leaving food and bacteria which, when left, will decay gums and teeth.

To get into a good habit, use an egg timer or put a timer on your phone counting down 2 minutes. After some time, you will then start to intuitively know how long two minutes of brushing is.

2 – Brush your gums

We may be discussing teeth decay and fillings here, but make sure you brush your gums. As well as cleaning your teeth thoroughly to help prevent cavities, make sure you clean your gum line where your teeth and gums meet – this will help to prevent gum disease and bacteria harbouring.

3 – Get a better toothbrush

Brushing your teeth with an overused or old brush can cause difficulty when getting everything properly cleaned. You should brush your teeth with a decent toothbrush, or consider investing in an electric toothbrush as these can help to reduce the build up of plaque than a manual brush. Electric brushes will also have timers so you know you have brushed for long enough.

You should aim to replace your toothbrush or toothbrush head on your electric, every three to four months , or when the bristles start to fray in different directions.

4 – Perfect your technique

We al have different bad habits or do not wish to fall into routines. Whether it’s swearing or not drinking enough water, brushing your teeth can be the same thing. Holding your brush at an angle, gently brush back and forth applying pressure, making sure you spend time on both sides, top and bottom and front of your teeth.

5 – Start flossing

Many of us will try flossing or do it every so often. But flossing can be a great cleaning option. Flossing is one of the most important parts or teeth health as it gets right in between your teeth to clean those hard to reach places.

If you neglect to clean your teeth and those hard to reach areas, you could be leaving as much as 40 percent of the tooth surface untouched and exposed to bacteria.