Oral hygiene is a crucial element of any dental treatment plan. In order to maintain a healthy smile, you must look after your teeth and gums on a regular basis. Only through brushing and flossing, regular visits to your dentist, and taking care of any dental appliances you may be wearing, will help your oral hygiene remain in good shape.
The best oral care routine, includes:
- Brushing twice daily
- Flossing daily
- Regular dental assessments (normally every 6 months)
Our team believe in preventing dental issues before they become serious problems, which is why we recommend you follow some of these simple guidelines to help keep you smiling.
Basic Brushing Tips
Brush thoroughly with an Australian Dental Association (ADA) recommended toothpaste every day. The following method will help maintain your dental health and remove plaque:
- Move the brush back and forth in short, semi-circle strokes several times.
- Brush the outer surfaces of each tooth, top and bottom, keeping the bristles angled against your gum.
- Use the same method on the inside surfaces of all the teeth, still using short back and forth strokes.
- Clean the inside surfaces of the front teeth by tilting the brush vertically and make several gentle up and down strokes with the front part of the brush.
- Don't forget your tongue. Brushing it will help freshen your breath and clean your mouth by removing bacteria.
Basic Flossing Tips
As an essential part of your routine, flossing removes plaque from between the teeth, areas where gum disease can begin. Tips to remember:
- Wind roughly 20cm of floss around middle fingers of each hand. Hold each end of the floss between your thumbs and index fingers, leaving about 2cm to 3cm of length in between. You should use your thumbs to direct the floss between your upper teeth.
- Keeping the length of floss nice and firm between fingers, use index fingers to direct the floss between the lower teeth.
- Gently guide the floss between the teeth by using a zigzag motion. Use a smooth and flowing motion around each side of the tooth.
What should I expect from my hygiene appointment?
- Assess your gum health and your home care routines.
- Remove hard plaque by scaling and polishing your teeth.
- Assess and make a treatment plan to help prevent invasive dental treatment in the future, including fissure seals (sealing the deep grooves of the teeth) to prevent future decay
- Administer local anaesthetic if required with the use of a numbing paste prior to numbing the area
- Work with you on practical tools and techniques that you can implement at home to control damaging dental plaque and improve your oral health.
At The Dental Practice we believe that maintaining good oral hygiene is one of the most important things you can do for your teeth and gums. Contact us to book in for your regular check-up.