dental hygiene

There’s nothing like having a gleaming white smile to boost your confidence, and there’s nothing like knowing your trip to the dentist will be pain-free and over in half an hour. But how do you make this your reality?

The answer is simple: look after your dental health! Maintaining your oral hygiene is something which is so quick and easy to do. By getting into good habits, you can prevent the development of plaque, gum disease and gingivitis, and ensure that your next trip to the dentist is a positive experience. Here are a few tips to help keep your pearly whites gleaming.

Brush up!
Brush your teeth using a fluoride toothpaste twice a day after meals. Choose a brush with a smaller head to make it easier to reach your back teeth, and opt for soft bristles which are gentler on your gums. Use small, circular motions and if you are prone to brushing too hard, hold your brush with your non-dominant hand.

Floss, floss, floss!
So you manage to shower every day, but somehow forget to floss on a regular basis? One solution is to take the dental floss into the shower and make it part of your daily routine. Flossing every day is essential for preventing gum disease, as it helps to clear food from your teeth, thus minimising the growth of bacteria that irritates gums and causes inflammation.

Keep a lid on the sugary drinks
We all know that eating too much sugar is bad for your teeth, but do you really know why? Bacteria in the mouth feed on sugar and produce acids which eat away at tooth enamel, resulting in cavities in your teeth. While eliminating all sugars and starches from your diet is unrealistic, you can limit the amount of sugar you consume on a daily basis by avoiding soft drink, sports drinks and juices, all of which are high in sugar and acid. Tap water is not only a cheaper alternative, but it also contains fluoride which helps prevent against cavities.

Prevention is better than cure!
One of the best ways to avoid having to see your dentist is to book an appointment with the dental hygienist instead! By having your teeth professionally cleaned every six months, you can prevent the build-up of plaque and thus stop problems with your teeth before they start. It’s a quick, painless process which, when undertaken regularly, will save you a whole lot of pain and discomfort in the long run.

Your teeth are one of your most important assets – not only for smiling but for eating and talking too! By following these simple steps, you can ensure that your teeth remain healthy and trouble-free. Give us a call on 02 9349 2040 to book an appointment for a clean and a check-up. Let’s keep that smile on your face!