It’s critical to understand the importance of dental and oral health to your overall sense of well-being and physical health.
Dental cavities and other gum diseases are usually the result of poor oral health. These diseases have a direct impact on overall health and can lead to serious consequences such as heart disease, cancer and diabetes.
Maintaining healthy teeth and gums is a lifelong commitment and can save you huge bills by avoiding expensive dental procedures.
Tooth decay is one of the most common results of poor oral health. Our mouths contain bacteria which feed on food we consume and produce waste which, if not cleaned, can lead to plaque build-up and tooth decay. The easiest way to prevent this from happening is by cleaning your teeth and removing the plaque layer.
Brush teeth twice a day using a soft brush so that you don’t end up with swollen gums. Buy a brush that fits your mouth properly so that the bush can reach all areas easily. Use an antimicrobial toothpaste containing fluoride, which helps protect your teeth from decay. Tooth decay can be prevented by brushing but for gum diseases it is important to floss.
To prevent many dental procedures, we at Subiaco Dental Practice, recommend the following:
1. Brush: Use your toothbrush at a 45- degree angle against the gums and move the brush gently in to and fro motion. Make use of short strokes and brush both the inner and outer surface of your teeth, and the chewing surfaces of the teeth. Using a gentle upward and downward stroke forced upon the tip of the brush to clean the inside surface of the front teeth. Back of the brushes usually have provision to clean your tongue, brush your tongue to remove bacteria
2. Floss: Use floss approximately 18 inches in length, wind the floss thread around your middle finger and tighten the thread by using your thumb. Place the tightened floss between your teeth and initiate a gentle rubbing motion. When the floss reaches the gum line, curve it into a C shape against one tooth. Gently slide it into the space between the gum and the tooth. Repeat this method on the rest of your teeth.
3. Use mouthwash: In addition to brushing and flossing, use of mouthwash or mouth rinse extends your oral hygiene practice. Antimicrobial rinses reduce bacteria and plaque activity, which cause gingivitis and gum disease. Please note that it’s not recommended for children below the ages 6 to use microbial rinses.
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