Maintaining good, life-long oral health will enhance your quality of life. Apart from the benefits of having pearly, healthy teeth, a healthy mouth promotes good overall health. It is also largely responsible for our ability to eat and speak – so it pays to keep it healthy.
At Delight Dental Spa, we’re proud to have helped many patients within the Mascot, Eastlakes and Alexandria regions achieve their optimal oral health. We know the importance of preventative dentistry and dental care.
Steps to Healthy Teeth
Allowing your oral health to take a back seat can lead to painful and costly dental issues later down the track. Having a good oral hygiene routine in place is key to keeping your teeth and gums healthy and strong.
Our experienced dentists share with you some steps you can take to achieve this.
Brush Twice Daily
Most people know that brushing their teeth forms the basis of good oral health. But, the effectiveness of toothbrushing relies heavily on doing it correctly. We recommend that you use a soft or extra soft-bristled toothbrush and brush gently in small circular motions.
A lack of toothbrushing leads to tooth decay. But, overdoing it leads to damaged enamel, gum recession and the sensitivity that comes with it. We believe that brushing twice daily for 2 minutes each time is the sweet spot!
The lifetime of the average toothbrush is about 9 to 12 weeks. When the bristles are beginning to look used, they are no longer doing their job well. So, make sure you regularly renew your toothbrush.
Use A Fluoride Toothpaste
Fluoride, a natural element originating from the earth’s soil, is an ingredient that is commonly present in toothpaste and some mouthwashes. It can act as a preventative against tooth decay. But, fluoride-free dental products do exist, with some people choosing to not use it.
It has been shown that a good oral health regime is not enough to combat tooth decay alone. Without the presence of fluoride in your mouth, the effectiveness of brushing and flossing is reduced.
The importance of fluoride has prompted many worldwide communities (including Australia) to add it to their water supplies.
We’re sure you’ve had your dentist ask you about your flossing regime, more than once. This is because most people don’t do it enough and need an extra ‘push’ to floss. The truth is, whilst it seems like a tedious task that you’d rather not do, its benefits far surpass its downfalls.
Toothbrushing assists in removing plaque and bacteria off the easy-to-reach surfaces of your teeth. But flossing helps remove the nasties from between your teeth and under your gum line, where they’d otherwise stay stuck.
It only takes a few minutes of your day but is proven to fight decay, bad breath and gum disease.
Mouthwash can be used to complement the processes of brushing and flossing. A lot of mouthwashes contain antibacterial ingredients that help keep plaque and gingivitis at bay.
With so many mouthwashes available it can be hard to know which one is right for you. Our friendly dentists are more than happy to discuss this with you during your appointment.
Have Regular Dental Check-Ups
A critical part of preventative dentistry is having regular check-ups. Visiting your dentist regularly allows them to identify any potential dental issues early on. This means the issues can be solved before causing you pain and costing you money and time.
A dental check-up with Dr Bishoy or Dr Alice will see your mouth checked for any signs of dental health issues, including decay and gum disease. We recommend you have a dental X-ray every 24 months for an assessment of the areas not visible on to the naked eye.
A check-up at the dentist is also a good time to arrange to have a professional clean. This is by far the most effective method of teeth cleaning and can only be performed by your dentist. This procedure helps rid your teeth of the decay and diseases caused by tartar.
Our health depends a lot on the nourishment we provide our bodies with. And this is as true for our dental health as our general health.
Sugar and starchy simple carbohydrates are the main culprits when it comes to foods and drinks that aren’t good for our teeth. We think enjoying treats in moderation is important, so we’d never suggest you cut them out completely. But it’s a good idea to limit your intake of lollies, white bread, rice and pasta to a healthy minimum.
Consume a diet rich in clean whole foods that offer the range of vitamins and minerals we need to thrive. And drink plenty of water!
Achieving excellent life-long dental health is not impossible. It’s simple. Keeping up a good at-home oral hygiene routine and visiting your dentist regularly, will have you well on your way.
It is beneficial for kids to become used to the steps discussed in this article, as early on as possible. This allows strong, healthy teeth to develop and instils good dental habits from a young age.
At Delight Dental Spa, we believe everybody deserves to have great oral health. We’d love to help you achieve that for you and your family. Contact our friendly team to book your appointment.