Brush, floss, brush!
Take care of your teeth and gums from an early age and your teeth will last longer. They are your tools for life, so you need to care for them. Strong, clean teeth will reduce the risk of common oral health issues such as tooth decay and gingivitis. Gingivitis is a gum disease and if it’s not treated it can lead to periodontitis,
Proper oral hygiene involves twice-daily brushing (preferably with a soft-bristled brush), daily flossing and a visit to the dentist every six months, or sooner if your dentist recommends it. If you use mouthwash, consult your dentist about the most effective mouthwash for your needs.
If you have a newborn baby, or young children who still have their milk teeth, they need a slightly different oral hygiene routine in the early years. Learn more about children’s dentistry here.
Too many sugary and sticky foods, as well as soft drinks or fruit juice can lead to tooth decay. We’re not the only ones that love sugar – the bacteria that live inside the mouth and on your teeth thrive on sugar, converting it to acids that damage the teeth. Keeping sugary foods and drink to a minimum and make your dentist and your teeth happy.
How to floss properly
Learn more about proper oral hygiene by watching the below videos.
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What is included in my check up?
A check up appointment at an National Dental Care practice usually starts with a thorough pre-clinical discussion regarding your medical and previous dental history. The dentist then completes a comprehensive examination of your face, neck and full mouth (including a cancer check of the soft tissues). The dentist and the nurse may take some photographs, digital scans or x-ray images to better visualise your mouth. They will then sit down with you and discuss their findings. The dentists will inform you of your condition and what options are available for you.
You may decide that you would also like a clean performed on the day of your check up. The dentist or the hygienist will then thoroughly remove plaque and stains from your teeth. If you suffer from more advanced gum disease or have a lot of build-up on your teeth, this visit may not be enough to remove it all, but it’s a great start towards improving your oral health. You may need to return for an additional visit to complete your cleaning appointment.
How often do I need to visit the dentist?
Depends, but ideally six-monthly, unless your dentist specifies otherwise.
How can I ensure I maintain optimum oral health?
Good diet, great overall health, good hydration, good oral hygiene, regular visits to the dentist and hygienist.
How does oral health affect my overall well-being?
There are links between poor oral health and other systemic diseases. Most studies show that it is not a causative link (i.e poor oral health does not cause heart disease), rather those patients already affected by a chronic systemic disease (such as heart disease and diabetes) have more problems trying to manage their disease if their oral health is poor. It is more difficult to maintain good oral health if you are already chronically ill or on medication, so making sure excellent oral health is maintained while you are healthy will pay dividends in times of illness.