What can I do to improve upon my dental health?

How well do you really think that you take care of your teeth? Do you find yourself brushing with your finger on the odd occasion? Do you sometimes brush for less than 30 seconds? If so, then you are in danger of neglecting your teeth.

Even with the advent of the internet and with information about the importance of dental health being so freely available, some people do not understand the need to take care or prioritise their teeth, unless faced with a dental emergency.

Facing regular dental issues is expensive and can put your life on hold, so why not adhere to the basics of brushing, flossing and seeing your dentist in Mascot every six months?

Our team of professionals do not just check your teeth and send you on your merry way, but aim to also educate you on best cleaning practices so that you do not face issues - that are too often preventable - in the future.

In this article, we look at the ways of improving the state of your dental health that you can easily incorporate into your daily life.

Invest in a good toothbrush

We are not advising you that you need to buy an expensive, top-of-the-line electric toothbrush. They are a great help. However, a normal toothbrush is fine, but you should avoid brushes with hard bristles.

People often associate a hard-bristled toothbrush with an intense and vigorous clean, and while the brush cleans your teeth, it may also aggravate your gums and remove the enamel.

Try standard soft-bristled models for size, which you can purchase from us, your friendly dentist in Mascot.

Replace your brush regularly

Toothbrushes have a short lifespan, and you will need to replace yours every three months or when the bristles start to look worn or frayed.

Cleaning your teeth with a frayed toothbrush reduces the effectiveness of brushing, because it does little to remove harmful bacteria from your mouth.

It’s also a wise idea to purchase a new brush after you have been ill. This reduces the risk of your accidentally reinfecting yourself.

Flossing is instrumental in maintaining dental hygiene, not an optional extra

Research has shown that only one in four people floss regularly, and even then do not floss correctly.

Brushing your teeth only partially removes the germs in your mouth, which means that even with the best intentions, you can still develop harmful gum disease and be subject to tooth decay.

At the same time, flossing using the correct technique is essential, because if it is done incorrectly or forcefully, it can damage your gums. If you are not sure, ask us for a demonstration on your next visit to the dentist in Mascot.

Drink the recommended amount of water every day

Drinking enough water keeps you hydrated and tap water is beneficial for your teeth because fluoride is added to it.

As you may know, fluoride keeps your teeth clean and healthy by fighting cavities.

Eat a healthy, balanced diet and stay away from sugar

Keep to a diet of chicken, grains, vegetables and fruit, as well as organic foods to avoid pesticides.

Consider cutting sugar by limiting your daily intake. Doing so reduces your risk of developing cavities and improves the condition of your teeth.

There are many things you can do to maintain your dental health and hygiene - start today! If you have any questions, be sure to drop us a line or come and see us.

All treatment carries risks. Individual consultation is required with one of our practitioners to ensure that the treatment is right for you.