What can you do to improve upon the current state of your teeth? There are lots of inexpensive ways to keep your mouth in the best condition possible, without having to spend hours in our dentist in Mascot recliner chair.
Your teeth are nearly always on show, and if you have poor dental health, it might be hard to smile without feeling self-conscious about your pearly whites. But with the possible onslaught of gum disease, decay and tooth loss, unsightly teeth might be the worst of your worries.
So if you hate the sight of your plaque-riddled teeth or fear you have an issue, read on to find out what you can do for your oral health, or simply visit our practice near you, the Healthy Smile Centre, to learn more.
Brush your entire mouth, not only your teeth
Your mouth is a breeding ground for bacteria, which means that germs can be found not just on the surface of your teeth, but also above and below your gum line, your tongue, and the roof of your tongue. People sometimes make the mistake of neglecting these areas and other areas that are dark, warm and moist - conditions under which germs thrive.
How you brush is as important as where you brush. We find that many of our patients at the dentist in Mascot use incorrect brushing techniques. Hard brushing might remove germs, but also chips away at the enamel and aggravates your gum's tissue. Without healthy enamel, your soft underneath dentine is vulnerable to food, drink and foreign particles that enter your mouth.
Position your brush at a 45-degree angle near the gum line, so that the bristles touch your teeth and gums at the same time. To cover every surface of your tooth and surrounding gum, move the brush in a back-and-forth, up-and-down motion.
Is your diet teeth-friendly?
What you eat doesn't just affect your physical health but also your dental health.
You eat what you want to because it tastes good, but have you wondered what this does to your teeth?
Limit your intake of sugar and cold drinks with high sugar content, as particles found in sugar are used by the germs contained in plaque to create an acid that destroys your teeth and gums.
A healthy, balanced diet that is also forgiving on your teeth comprises nuts, cheese, chicken, vegetables and fruit.
Smoking causes potentially fatal diseases, such as oral cancer - this is reason enough to stay away from tobacco.
You should also moderate your alcohol consumption. Alcohol contains a mineral called phosphorous, which is good for your teeth in moderation. However, too much of it can deplete your supply of calcium, resulting in rotting teeth. That said, if you do drink sodas or alcohol, try and use a straw to limit the fluids contact with your teeth.
Visit your dentist in Mascot regularly
See us every six months. Even if you think it is unnecessary, you might be experiencing dental issues without even knowing it.
Do your best when it comes to taking care of your teeth, and leave the rest up to the professionals!
All treatment carries risks. Individual consultation is required with one of our practitioners to ensure that the treatment is right for you.