Oral health begins with clean teeth. Clean teeth begins with the development of regular dental care habits like brushing and flossing. Simple truths that lead to a simple result: healthy teeth and gums for life. Below we have outlined some basic information that will help you and your family avoid teeth and gum disease.
- Brush your teeth at least twice a day
Make sure that you take enough care and time to clean your teeth and mouth. Make sure you clean each and every tooth carefully and particularly the spaces in between each and every tooth, as well as the gums around each and every tooth. With a soft bristle brush you should also clean around your mouth (i.e. roof of the mouth and tongue). Feel as if you’re gently “massaging” the gums and don’t rush it!
- Use the correct equipment
It is recommended to use a fluoride toothpaste and a soft-bristled toothbrush. Consider using an electric or battery-operated toothbrush, especially if you have arthritis or other problems that make it difficult to brush effectively. Most people use electric or “oscillating” bushes around the gums and “normal” brushes for the teeth and “biting surfaces”.
- Practice good technique
Hold your toothbrush at a slight angle against your teeth and brush with short up-and-down or circular movements. Remember each tooth has five surfaces of which at least three (outside, inside and top or biting surface) should be cleaned properly, whilst the interproximal surfaces should be cleaned with “interdental” cleaning aids. Also remember to brush your tongue and the roof of the mouth, avoid vigorous or harsh scrubbing, which can irritate your gums.
- Know when to replace your toothbrush
Invest in a new toothbrush or a replacement head for your electric toothbrush every three to four months — or sooner if the bristles become frayed.
Daily flossing is necessary to clean the important “interproximal” areas that a toothbrush can not reach. Dental tape is often easier to use and more efficient than Floss.
- Use enough for good control
A good 30cm length of Tape/Floss will give you good control when you wind it around the middle or index finger of each hand.
- Give each individual tooth attention
Move the floss up and down against all sides of the tooth to scrape of the plaque from the gumline to the top of the tooth. As you progress, unwind to use fresh floss.
- Develop a routine
Keep up flossing your teeth by developing a routine. If you have trouble getting floss through your teeth, try the waxed variety. If it’s hard to manipulate the floss, use a floss holder or a “mini Flosser” or an interdental cleaner — such as “interdental brushes” or “interspace brushes” designed to clean between the teeth.
Your diet has a tremedous effect on your teeth, gums and your general oral hygiene.
This section is being updated.
It is important to be aware and understand how certain lifestyle choices can have an influence on your dental and oral health. Smoking, Drinking, High Sugar/Carbohydrate/Acidic/Carbonate exposure can all of a very detrimental effect on your teeth and gums as well as the soft tissues of your mouth.