A great smile isn’t just a way to make new friends; it also shows off your pearly whites! But having good oral hygiene is more than having great looking teeth. Maintaining good oral health helps to prevent dental and medical issues, such as gum disease, bone loss, and even heart disease. Here are 10 simple things you can do for better oral hygiene.
Tip #1 – brush properly
This is the most basic step to maintaining clean, healthy teeth. Place the bristles at a 45 degree angle near the gum line and brush up and down, then back and forth, gently for both the front and back of your teeth. Try to brush at least twice a day, but if you cannot, rinse your mouth with water after eating.
Tips #2 – brush your whole mouth.
Who says brushing is just for teeth? To remove bacteria, make sure you also brush the surface of your tongue as well as the roof of your mouth.
Tip #3 – floss daily
Flossing helps to remove food between your teeth that brushing cannot. It also massages the gums to increase blood circulation.
Tip #4 – use mouthwash
The right mouthwash can help remove bacteria that can harm your teeth and gums. Look for one that contains no alcohol. Our preferred daily mouthwash is Listerine Zero.
Tip #5 – avoid soft drinks and alcohol
Fizzy drinks are filled with sugar that can increase the likelihood of getting tooth decay. Many of these drinks are also highly acidic which makes the sugar effect even worse for your teeth.
Tip #6 – quit smoking
This helps prevent the onset of oral cancer and stops you from eating sugary treats when trying to mask the smell of your breath. Consult your medical GP or call the Quit Line at 137848 or look up www.quit.org.au.
Tip #7 – eat a well-balanced diet
Drinking milk and eating lots of fruits and vegetables increases the amount of minerals and vitamins you need to stay healthy.
Tip #8 – see the whole picture
Your oral hygiene often indicates the state of your overall health. Make sure you get regular exercise and plenty of sleep for better general health.
Tip #9 – say no to pain
If you experience any pain, unusual smells or swelling in your mouth, see your dentist right away.
Tip #10 – visit your dentist regularly
You never know when dental problems may occur. By seeing your dentist twice a year for regular checkups, you can address any small problems before they become larger ones.
If you are due for a dental check-up, contact our friendly reception staff today at 9386 1805 to book an appointment with your dentist, and remember we are open 7 days a week.