Our friendly team at National Dental Care Shepparton Insight Dentistry have been caring for the local community for more than three decades. Our dentists are happiest when your teeth are at their healthiest and that’s why we’ve put together 5 tips to keep you smiling.
As the old adage goes, ‘prevention is better than the cure’. Taking proper care of your teeth and gums can prevent plaque build-up leading to decay and gingivitis (inflammation of the gums). It might sound like common sense, but the first step is proper brushing.
Our Shepparton dentists recommend brushing for at least two minutes. Most people don’t brush for even half that time. Angling your brush at 45 degrees, use short, gentle strokes to brush the gum line, moving through the rest of your teeth methodically. Make sure you pay extra attention to hard to reach places and teeth that have crowns and fillings. Watch our video to find out more.
Your toothbrush can only reach so far. Flossing can get where your brush can’t like between your teeth and under the gumline to remove plaque and food particles. Pull out around 40cm of floss and wrap it around your index and middle fingers. Hold the floss in a C shape and move it against each tooth. Daily flossing is a crucial step in keeping decay and gum disease at bay.
Over time, plaque builds up and starts to harden, which is called tartar. Unfortunately, tartar can’t be removed by brushing or flossing – your Shepparton dentist will remove plaque and tartar during your routine clean. If left untreated, tartar can lead to decay and gum disease. Removing tartar is an easy and painless process and it leaves your teeth looking and feeling great.
Diet plays a large role in our dental hygiene. Cutting out the sugar in your morning cuppa is a great starting point. Soft drinks and fruit juices are also stacked with sugar,which tends to stick to the teeth and encourage plaque build-up. Balancing your diet with lots of fresh fruit, veggies and water will have a positive impact on your oral hygiene.
Our friendly team are committed to keeping your teeth healthy so you can keep smiling. Talk to the professionals at National Dental Care Shepparton Insight Dentistry about scheduling a clean and take the first step toward better oral hygiene.