How to Care For Your Teeth
Poor oral hygiene can be a deal-breaker in social engagements. From bad breath to stained teeth, it can have an effect on your confidence. However, maintaining good oral hygiene is not hard. The solutions to clean white teeth are simple, and our dentists are more than happy to help get you on the way to your desired look. Below we have listed a few essential ways to better oral health.
Brush your teeth
A rule of thumb is to brush your teeth after every meal. However, you can get away with at least two sessions a day. Brushing teeth with fluoridated toothpaste has unmatched results; it prevents the formation of plaque and kills potentially harmful bacteria. Aside from using the right toothpaste you need a good toothbrush. A soft-bristled toothbrush is preferred, even better is an ultra-soft toothbrush. The brush should be placed at 45-degree angle against the teeth and moved in short, gentle circular motions. Sawing and scrubbing motions should be avoided. Moreover, the tongue should not be left out during brushing. It is also best to change your toothbrush at least every three months.
Floss! Floss! Floss!
Unfortunately, your toothbrush cannot make it deep in between your teeth. Dental floss removes plaque found in constricted spaces between teeth. The floss can reach vulnerable areas beneath the gum line and dislodge plaque before it turns into tartar. Regular flossing prevents tooth decay and gum disease. Flossing is just as important as brushing.
Having problems with flossing, or finding it tricky to use the string? Consider using dental brushes. They basically look like little tiny bottle brushes for your teeth that scrub right in between your pearly whites. Not sure which suits you best? Have a chat with our dentists at Parramatta and they’ll guide you through the whole routine from A to Z.
Watch what you eat
Food is a substrate for bacterial growth. Sugary foods promote bacterial metabolism, and the process leads to the production of acids that weaken and damage teeth. We all know that candy is not the best for our teeth. Sugar initiates the demineralization of teeth and alters the pH in the mouth. Therefore, it’s important to stay away from sweets, sodas, chocolate, cookies and other sugar-laden fast foods. Fermentable carbohydrates like bread have also been implicated in tooth damage. But if you find you cannot resist, try and use a straw when consuming sugary drinks and lower your sugar intake.
There are food substances that are good for your teeth. Vegetables and crunchy fruits like apples force you to chew, and chew you will! The chewing action triggers the release of saliva. The saliva, in turn, offers protection to teeth and maintains oral pH. Chewing sugarless gum after meals also have the same effect. Water is also good for your teeth since it washes down food particles and keeps the oral pH in check.
Visit your dentist
You should visit your dentist at least twice a year. If cavities and other dental or cosmetic problems are identified, the dentist will begin the reparation process. Oral care is important for good teeth and a great confident smile. Keep in mind that the earlier an issue is detected, the easier and more cost effective it will be to deal with it.
At Dental Avenue Parramatta, we believe everyone deserves to have a healthy smile. To find out what we can do for you, ring us on 1300315540 and our friendly dentists in Parramatta will be more than happy to help!