When it comes to looking after your teeth, preventative care is the corner stone of a healthy mouth.
If you’re wondering how you can improve your oral health, have a look at our top tips…
Master your brushing technique
To really get rid of leftover food debris in between your teeth, it’s important that you take the time to brush correctly. We recommend that you try and brush your teeth at a 45-degree angle to your gums and brush back and forth across the sides and tops of your teeth. You should also remember to brush the backs of your teeth, especially in areas where plaque tends to build up. It’s also important that you brush your teeth at least twice a day for around two minutes each time.
Make flossing a habit
Flossing is an essential part of a good oral health regime as it helps to get rid of particles that may have got stuck between the teeth. When food debris stays on your teeth, bacteria can increase and feed off these particles, causing decay over time. Also, if plaque is left on the teeth and allowed to harden, it turns to tartar, which cannot be removed by brushing your teeth. Flossing helps to get rid of plaque while it is still soft.
Use a mouthwash
Rinsing your mouth with a good quality mouthwash also helps to get rid of food particles and bacteria that can cause gum disease and decay if it remains in the mouth. Rinse before bed to ensure that your teeth and mouth are thoroughly clean after brushing and flossing. A mouthwash is also helpful in keeping your breath smelling fresh, so consider rinsing your mouth after meals if you can.
Stick to a healthy diet
Try and avoid eating and drinking too many foods and beverages that contain a lot of sugar, as these can increase your risk of developing tooth decay. Opt instead for foods that will keep your teeth strong and healthy, like calcium-rich cheese and natural yoghurts. Crunchy fruits and vegetables like apples and carrots help to keep the mouth clean, while sugar-free gum boosts saliva production and helps to clear away some of the bacteria in the mouth. Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water instead of sugary sodas and juices.
Deal with dental issues
If you suspect that you might have a dental issue, like decay or a crack or chip, don’t ignore the problem. Rather, come in and see us so that we can repair it for you as soon as possible. We use white fillings at Coomera Dental, which means that any restoration will blend in naturally with your teeth and you won’t even be able to see that you have had any work done. During the procedure, we will shape your tooth with the use of a dental drill so that the filling has a firm base to sit on. Then, we’ll clean your tooth to allow for a strong bond between the tooth and the filling. The filling is built up in small increments to its desired shape before it is thoroughly polished for a natural-looking appearance.
Come in for a check-up
One of the best things you can do for your oral health is to come in for regular dental check-ups. We encourage you to come in every six months so that we can catch any problems before they cause much bigger issues that could become painful and debilitating. Any signs of gum disease can be identified and treated early to prevent tooth loss, and cavities can be repaired to avoid root canal treatment or an extraction. At your regular check-up, we can also perform a professional cleaning and we are happy to demonstrate proper brushing and flossing techniques. We’ll also answer any questions you might have about your oral health.
Ready for a dental check-up? Please get in touch with us to arrange a consultation — call us directly on 07 5665 9999 or email us here. After each check-up appointment, we’ll give you a detailed treatment plan outlining any necessary treatment and associated costs so that you are properly informed before we go ahead with any procedure.