Safeguard your oral health with these Dental Hygiene tips
Maintaining a healthy smile doesn’t come without effort. At Smile in Style, we remind our patients that good oral health results from two things: what you do at home and what we do in our dental office. Dr. Terry Rose, has compiled several dental hygiene practices to keep your oral health in great shape for years to come.
Brush and floss daily
If you want to maintain a healthy smile, you must brush at least twice a day, preferably in the morning and at night. Remember to use a soft-bristled toothbrush and gentle toothpaste to avoid damage and tooth sensitivity. You should also floss daily to eliminate debris that has accumulated throughout the day.
Kick the tobacco habit
Tobacco use generates numerous negative effects on your oral health. Smoking discolours your teeth and inhibits the production of saliva — when saliva flow is reduced, it can result in oral health issues such as cavities and infections. Tobacco use can also lead to gum disease, bone loss and put you at an increased risk of oral cancer.
Watch your sugar
Sugar tastes amazing but isn’t so great for your dental health. Harmful bacteria in your mouth feed on sugar, releasing acidic substances that erode your enamel, causing tooth decay. While you can’t eliminate sugar entirely from your diet, reducing intake will reap benefits for your oral health.
Schedule 6 monthly dental appointments
Practising at-home oral care is great, but you also need the help of your hygienist and dentist at least twice a year to maintain healthy teeth and gums. It is recommended to see your dentist for a check up to examine your teeth to identify any early signs of tooth decay. Your hygienist will remove any build up of tatar that bacteria adhere to and check your gums for pocketing and gum disease. During these appointments, if we find any areas of concern, we will recommend appropriate treatments to restore your oral health.
Take control of your oral health
Let us partner with you to stay on top of your oral health. Reach out to Smile in Style at 03 8001 6021 in our Sunbury rooms for all your dental appointments. Our Moonee Ponds rooms can be reached at 03 8400 4104.