Strong, healthy teeth cannot be taken for granted. A proactive approach to dental care is
vital throughout our lives and as the old saying goes, “an ounce of prevention is worth a
pound of cure.”
This is easily achieved by following a good dental routine, including a healthy diet and
regular visits to the dentist. Here are some simple tips to help you look after your teeth and
- Brush thoroughly using fluoride toothpaste for at least two minutes twice a day, mainly after meals and last thing at night.
- Use a soft toothbrush which should be changed every three to four months or when bristles start spreading or discolour.
- As brushing cannot reach between the teeth and under gums, daily flossing is the only way to clean these areas and lift away debris.
- Limit acidic drinks (e.g. soft drinks, cordials, fruit juices, wine, etc), plus sugary and starchy foods. These cause plaque build-up which produce acids and bacteria that weaken tooth enamel, causing decay (cavities) and teeth sensitivity.
- If you are going to have sugary unhealthy foods or drinks, where possible tack them onto a meal so your mouth has to fight the acid attacks less times.
- It’s a good idea to give teeth a 4-hour break between meals.
- Sugar free gum is also good as it helps to fight acids.
- A diet rich in crisp, fresh fruits and vegetables can help to clean your teeth as you chew them throughout the day.
- Drinking water after meals or snacks also helps cancel out the acid effect more quickly.
Protect your teeth from injury
- Wear a mouthguard or full-face helmet when playing sports. In the unfortunate event your tooth is knocked out, if possible hold the tooth back in place, or wrap the tooth in plastic or place it in milk and seek dental advice immediately.
- Avoid using your teeth to remove bottle tops or open packaging as you risk chipping or possibly breaking your teeth.
Regular Dental Checks - be sure to visit your dentist or hygienist for a routine check-up at
least every six months. This visit normally includes:
- Teeth clean and scale
- Thorough assessment of your oral health
- Exams and diagnostic x-rays for diagnosis and intervention
- Oral Hygiene advice if required
- Recommendation of further dental treatments if needed
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- Until a child can tie his or her own shoes, they need your help with daily brushing and flossing, especially those areas where their back teeth (molars) touch.
- We recommend children should see a dentist as soon as their 1st or 2nd birthday. Here at The Dental Lounge @ Robina, we go out of our way to ensure children have a fun positive experience, which sets them on the path to healthy dental habits.
Our team believes that the vast majority of dental problems are preventable, and we are committed to keeping you and your children’s smile healthy for life. Contact us today to make an appointment, The Dental Lounge @ Robina – phone (07) 5580 8855.