How do I keep my mouth healthy, clean and germ-free?
One of the worst parts of a dentist’s job is treating severe conditions that we know could have been prevented. Seeing patients with rotten teeth or who suffer from advanced periodontitis serves as a reminder to us that when it comes to cleaning their teeth, most of us fail to adhere to prioritise our oral health or do not know how to properly look after our smiles.
Dental care is so accessible in this day and age that there are few reasons why more people should not be sporting perfectly white teeth and have a beautiful smile. Even the best care of professionals is not enough to maintain oral health; you have to optimise your self-care in order to help keep your mouth healthy.
Do you want to take responsibility for the condition of your teeth? Knowledge is power – learn tips and techniques from our dentist in Mackay that will leave your pearly whites sparkly clean.
Is there a right way to brush my teeth?
In a nutshell, yes.
Brushing for two to three minutes twice a day is the time it takes to help keep your teeth clean and germ-free. Despite this not being an awfully long time period, studies have shown that adults do not brush for anywhere near that amount of time. Using a stopwatch is a fantastic way of ensuring you brush for the required time.
Whilst the time taken is important, you should also use the correct method to ensure you spend less time reclined in a dentist’s chair.
Brush your teeth using short back-and-forth strokes. Remember to brush the inner, outer and chewing side of your tooth.
Also remember to brush your gums, tongue and the roof of your tongue. Be gentle while brushing your gums, and position your brush at a 45-degree angle to remove germs in those hard-to-reach spaces.
People see flossing as optional, which is incorrect. People who brush their teeth but do not floss are still vulnerable to gum disease and tooth decay. Why? Because germs accumulate in spaces where your toothbrush cannot reach.
The toothpaste you use is essential
There are several brands of toothpaste designed to treat all types of dental conditions, such as gingivitis, sensitive teeth and fluorosis.
Ask our dentist in Mackay for a recommendation if you are not sure which toothpaste is right for you.
If you have relatively healthy teeth and gums, then any fluoridated toothpaste is generally fine as long as it’s fluoridated. Fluoride is the key ingredient of any toothpaste. It is an essential mineral found in nature that strengthens your tooth enamel, thus helping to combat harmful germs.
The toothbrush you use matters
We recommend that all our patients use soft-bristled, small-headed toothbrushes that are gentle on teeth and gums and which can also remove grit and debris in those tiny space in your mouth.
An electric toothbrush is a great option if you have arthritis or limited manual dexterity in your hands.
Change your toothbrush every three months
If your toothbrush’s bristles look old and worn then it’s time to replace it. Worn-out bristles do little to keep your teeth clean.
You should also replace your brush with a new one if you have recently been sick and you may re-infect yourself if you keep on using it.
It is up to you to keep your teeth healthy! Aside from self-care, be sure to see our dentist in Mackay for a check-up every six months.
All treatment carries risks. Individual consultation is required with one of our practitioners to ensure that the treatment is right for you.