Top tips for maintaining a healthy smile
Good oral hygiene and regular dental check-ups are essential for maintaining good oral health
Although one of the easiest to maintain, good oral health is often overlooked. Maybe you’ve had a big night and forgotten to brush your teeth, or maybe you just forgot to buy toothpaste on your last grocery run and thought to yourself, “I’ll just brush them twice tomorrow”. However, there’s no excuse for bad oral hygiene!
It’s so easy to maintain a good level of oral hygiene; here are some of our favourite tips!
Brush twice a day
Most people do brush their teeth at least once a day; however, brushing your teeth immediately following breakfast and dinner will ensure you are removing as much plaque and bad bacteria as possible.
Floss, floss, and more floss
Flossing is essential for removing the bacteria which is a precursor to plaque. When left too long, these bacteria can turn into tartar, which cannot be removed through regular brushing and flossing. Making sure you reach the gums between your teeth can prevent decay and tooth loss.
Use fluoride toothpaste
Fluoride helps to harden tooth enamel and reduces your risk of tooth decay. Fluoride has the effect of re-mineralising teeth and can prevent, or even in some cases reverse the tooth decay process.
Limit sugary food
Bacteria inside dental plaque change sugars into acid. These food acids soften tooth material and the minerals in tooth enamel which leads to cavities. This regular loss of enamel can expose the inner layers of the tooth which can become sensitive or painful if not treated.
Wear a mouthguard when playing sport
When playing contact sport or any sport where there may be a risk of facial injury, it is recommended you wear a mouthguard. Tooth trauma can lead to sensitivity, pain, and even tooth loss. Mouthguards can be bought from sporting goods stores or even some dental practices.
Visit your dentist at least twice a year
Regular dental check-ups ensure any serious oral health problems are prevented before they progress. Any sign of decay or poor gum health should be made known to your dentist as soon as possible. These symptoms can include toothaches, sensitivity, tooth damage, tooth trauma, bleeding gums, or losing a tooth.
Sublime Dental Sydney CBD
Sublime Dental is conveniently located in the heart of the Sydney CBD. Whether you’re a busy professional or a parent looking for a family friendly practice, Sublime Dental offers a range of treatments to suit all areas of concern.
We strive to work with each and every one of our patients to create an individual plan which ensures beautiful results every time without compromise in quality. We educate our patients on which treatments they are best suited to which helps them to make an informed decision about their own oral health.