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8 Preventative Dental Care Tips

The mouth is the gateway to the human body. If it is not maintained properly, it can lead to many other disorders in our bodies. Maintaining dental health from childhood through to old age helps in keeping many additional requirements for healthy living. Good oral hygiene supports healthy teeth which allow for chewing food properly to enable you to access the nutrients you need. A sparkling smile has also been found to be helpful in many social and domestic occasions. Research also suggests that many periodontal diseases can have a direct impact on heart disease.

The following are 8 preventative dental care tips suggested by our Parramatta dentists:

Start Early: Dental care should start as soon as a child’s first tooth appears. Teeth can be cleaned using a clean and damp cloth.

Brush Twice a day: Teeth should be brushed at least twice a day using a proper brushing technique and a fluoride toothpaste. It is also advised to brush your teeth after every meal. Specific guidance about the kind of toothbrush and brushing technique you should use can be gained after a dental check-up at our dental clinic.

Take care of the spaces between the teeth: areas between the teeth are prone to debris and bacteria; therefore, these spaces should be cleaned using dental floss or interdental cleaners.

Avoid sticky and sugary foods: These foods, such as candies, chocolates, and chips easily stick to your dental surfaces; therefore, they should be either avoided, or the mouth should be rinsed using mouthwash or cleaned using a brush afterwards.

Drink lots of water: Apart from providing immense benefit for your overall health, water has also proven to be essential for your dental health. Water encourages saliva production that keeps your mouth healthy. In some cases, water can be helpful in removing sticky food remnants from your teeth. You should drink a cup of water alongside a soft drink – if you can’t skip the soft drink.

Avoid using tobacco products: Your teeth and gums come in direct contact with harmful chemicals and substances by using tobacco products. This leads to rapid tooth caries, gum disorders, and oral cancer.

Eat a balanced diet and get out and about in the outdoors: Dental health also depends on the type of food you eat and amount of sunlight you get. Food rich in calcium can promote stronger teeth, however, for the absorption of calcium, your body needs Vitamin D. Therefore, getting sufficient sun exposure is also crucial for healthier teeth.

Talk to your dentist: Make it a habit to visit your dentist every six months. On a dental visit, our dentists will examine the teeth for cavities, overall oral hygiene, and any other dental problems that might be present.

If you are due for a check-up, contact Dental Avenue Parramatta on 02 8004 0055.

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