Your SmileAt Chatswood Family Dental Care we want you to keep your natural teeth for life. As well as visiting the Dentist regularly what you do at home is really important
- Brush your teeth at least twice a day with a fluoride containing toothpaste
- Use either a normal toothbrush with a compact head and soft bristles, or a good quality electric toothbrush.
- Hold the toothbrush at a slight angle towards the gumline and brush in mini circles.
- Make sure you brush every tooth surface.
- Avoid harsh scrubbing.
- Replace your toothbrush regularly
2. Interdental Cleaning
- Use dental floss nightly
Break off a generous piece of floss and wrap it around your middle to little fingers, leaving the index fingers free to manipulate the floss. Hold firmly and gently slide between the teeth with a zig zag motion and be careful not to snap into the gums. Wrap it around the side of the tooth and pull upwards from the gumline to the top of the tooth. Then unroll a fresh section of floss and move to the next tooth.
If you find that you have larger spaces between teeth you may benefit from Interdental toothbrushes or an electric irrigator such as a Phillips Air Floss
3. Tongue Cleaning
We are becoming increasingly aware of keeping the tongue clean. As much as 50% of the bacteria in your mouth are trapped on the surface of your tongue. Not only is this a major source of bad breath, but if not controlled they can immediately reinfect the teeth after even the best cleaning.
At the very least you should brush your tongue with your toothbrush but now there are specialized tongue cleaners that do a great job.
We all know that sweet and sticky food is bad for our teeth. Now we know even more and understand that other factors such as the acidity of certain foods and drink, as well as the frequency of eating is important. Even healthy food such as fruit is bad for your teeth if snacked on frequently.
5. General Health
The health of your teeth can reflect your general health. Many conditions including diabetes, poor diet, drug use, smoking just to name a few can have adverse effects on your teeth. Also unfortunately we are seeing a lot of tooth damage such as cracked and worn teeth as a result of stress and sleeping disorders.
At Chatswood Family Dental Care we believe it is an essential part of your Dental care to discuss these matters with you whenever necessary. If you have any questions always feel free to ask.