The Importance of Good Oral Health
With over a decade’s experience in the dental and health industries, the team at Sunshine White understand the importance of good oral health, hygiene and taking care of your teeth. Not only does good oral hygiene help to stop cavities and tooth decay, it also helps prevent certain diseases and cancers. Here are some tips to ensure your oral hygiene is up to scratch, helping to keep your teeth looking their best and you healthy!
Brush your teeth right. Brushing your teeth twice a day for two minutes each time is a must! Make sure you’re taking your time and that you’re brushing everywhere so that all of your teeth are clean. Correct technique is just as important as the frequency and time taken brushing your teeth. Ask your dentist at your next check up if you’re unsure whether you are brushing your teeth properly.
Never brush your teeth too hard. You don’t need intense pressure to remove plaque, food and bacteria from your teeth. The time spent brushing each area is actually more important than putting lots of pressure on them.
Be mindful of your tooth brush hardness. Unless otherwise specified by your dentist always use a soft bristled tooth brush. Evidence suggests that very few of us should be using medium or hard toothbrushes. Their firmer bristles can do damage to your gums, causing your gum line to recede and also wear away at the enamel on your teeth.
Look after your tooth brush. Rinse your tooth brush thoroughly after each use and store it in an upright position so the bristles can dry easily. Replace your tooth brush every 3 months or sooner if the bristles start looking worn or splayed out. Once this happens your tooth brush will become less effective in removing the plaque, food and bacteria from your teeth due to the bristles breaking down.
Floss, floss, floss. No matter how great your brushing technique is you’ll never be able remove all the food, plaque and bacteria from between your teeth with just brushing alone. Dentists recommend flossing once a day as it is one of the most effective methods of removing debris from in between your teeth.
Use the right mouthwash. Antiseptic alcohol-free mouthwash or a fluoride rinse are great ways to clean your entire mouth, not just your teeth. These mouth washes clean your teeth, tongue, cheeks, mouth walls and gums all in one go. Be sure to check the ingredients as alcohol and other harsh chemicals can cause damage and increase tooth sensitivity.
Chewing gum? Chewing sugar free gum after a meal removes food from between your teeth and stimulates saliva production which in turn clears food from your mouth. This stimulated saliva contains higher concentrations of bicarbonate than normal saliva, which helps it to neutralize plaque acid and fight tooth decay too.
Visit your Dentist. There are currently no Australian or World Health Organization guidelines concerning the frequency of dental visits and it comes down to the fact that everyone has different oral health needs and risk levels which should be reflected in the frequency of dental visits and check-ups. Your dentist will put a schedule in place for you catering to your needs, if you haven’t been for a checkup in the last 12 to 24 months (or even longer) it is probably time for a check up!
The information on this site is intended to promote understanding of and knowledge about general oral health topics and is provided for information purposes only. It is not a substitute for advice provided by your own physician, dentist or other medical professional whom you should see with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition or treatment.