While some of us take our oral health seriously, others only see a dentist when they have toothache. Sadly, lack of oral care often has serious implications in later life and in order to help you maintain healthy gums and a white smile, here are a few oral care tips to ensure your check-ups are uneventful.
- Choosing a toothbrush – These essential implements come in all shapes and sizes; there is no such thing as ‘one fits all’, we recommend a small head with soft-medium bristles; a design that allows you to reach all areas of your mouth. If in doubt, ask your local dentist, who would stock a range of approved toothbrushes, plus toothpaste and floss. Change your toothbrush often, as the bristles lose shape after a few months of daily use; dentists recommend 3-4 times per year.
- Flossing should be a habit – Brushing isn’t complete without a flossing session and a good rinse with antiseptic mouthwash; the sooner you introduce your kids to flossing, the better. It might be OK to miss the occasional floss but don’t make a habit of it, as this could see the onset of tooth decay.
- Vigorous brushing – You should have a brisk brushing regime, spending at least 3 minutes changing directions, using circular motions to get into every part of the teeth and gums. The Internet hosts a wealth of information on correct brushing techniques; find an article with diagrams or watch an animation video, if you are unsure about correct brushing.
- Bite issues – You can get night time aligners in Australia from a leading provider of oral home treatments. No one wants to wear an aligner for 22 hours a day, and the in-home treatment plan involves only wearing the device when you sleep, which makes for an attractive alternative. You are provided with everything you need and have 24/7 support from qualified dentists.
- Correct use of antiseptic mouthwash– After that delicious coffee or a cheeseburger, you could rinse with antiseptic mouthwash, forcing the liquid between the teeth and into those hard-to-reach areas. Bacteria need time to get to work on our natural protections and rinsing after every snack/beverage removes most of the harmful bacteria. We recommend a good rinse prior to bed, as this is the most critical time as far as oral bacteria is concerned.
- Stay hydrated – Hydration is critical and with the Australian summer fast approaching, it is time to up your water intake to 6-8 glasses a day. When a person becomes dehydrated, numerous health issues can arise. This is especially important if you work out; carry a water bottle with you wherever you go and you’ll be fine.
To be on the safe side, you should make an appointment for an oral examination every 6months, which gives the healthcare professional a chance to check that all is well. Should you need dental treatment, you can schedule an appointment within the next few days and fix the issue.
Investing in the best oral care practices should minimise dental treatment and you will enjoy fresh breath and a white smile.