Beginning on August 1st, a weeklong event called Dental Health Week will occur. The Australian Dental Association is the driving force behind the effort.
The danger of reducing long-term dental problems and your ability to love and maintain a beautiful smile are benefits of raising awareness of the value of good dental health.
#1. Use fluoride toothpaste to brush your teeth twice daily
One of the effective ways to avoid gum disease and maintain healthy teeth is to practise good dental hygiene. Most people are aware of the need for twice-daily oral hygiene.
Dental professionals advise using fluoride toothpaste and a soft-bristled toothbrush to brush your teeth in the morning and before bed.
The proper way to brush includes:
- Hold your toothbrush with your gums at a 45-degree angle.
- Brush each tooth front and back with a swiping motion away from your gums.
- Pay close attention to your back teeth and challenging areas.
- Never clench your teeth with the toothbrush.
Some people prefer to brush their teeth with an electric toothbrush.
The spinning motion of an electric toothbrush helps remove dangerous plaque bacteria. It can assist reach back teeth that are difficult to clean.
People with mobility problems or who have trouble using their hands will find electric toothbrushes highly beneficial in various brands.
If the bristles appear bent or worn, replace your toothbrush immediately. Otherwise, wait three to four months.
#2. Every day, use dental floss or interdental brushes to clean in between your teeth
Plaque buildup and food particles are easily removed by flossing in areas that are difficult to brush.
Flossing is strongly advised as plaque buildup can result in gum disease and tooth decay.
The proper way to floss involves:
- The floss should be placed between your elbow and wrist.
- On each hand, wrap the floss around the longest finger.
- Wiggle the floss around the edge of each tooth using your thumb and pointer finger to manipulate it.
- Make sure to push down past the gum line without going too deep.
- Repeatedly wipe either side of your teeth up and down.
- Don’t forget to floss your back teeth.
#3. Limit added sugar intake while maintaining a healthy, balanced diet
Nutrient-rich diets encourage strong teeth and gums.
Maintaining healthy teeth and gums depends heavily on a diet.
Foods that are good for your overall health are also beneficial for your teeth and gums:
- Avoid sugary, gummy, or sweet foods that can attach to your teeth’s enamel. These foods’ sugars nourish the harmful bacteria in your mouth that causes plaque and tartar, which causes tooth decay.
- Seek out fresh produce abundant in calcium, vitamins, and fibre, such as apples, broccoli, and leafy greens.
- Dairy products and legumes are also rich in calcium and can aid in boosting salivation, which neutralises toxic acids.
#4. Regularly visit your Cardiff dentist for check-ups and preventive care
A crucial component of your dental hygiene practice is going to the dentist. Regular dental check-ups assist in maintaining both your overall and oral health.
You should make an appointment with your Cardiff dentist at least once every six months or as often as they advise.
The dentist will be able to identify illnesses or problems, such as early indications of cavities and gum disease, before they become severe and require additional treatment.
Regular dental hygiene appointments also ensure that any plaque or tartar that has accumulated is removed, keeping your teeth and gums healthy.
Love Your Teeth!
We encourage you to prioritise maintaining good dental health during Dental Health Week and every day after.
Cardiff Dental is one of the very few dental practices that are accredited by QIP (Quality Innovative Performance)for meeting the National Safety and Quality Health Service (NSQHS) Standards.
Visit your Cardiff dentist at 34B Kelton Street for a consultation today!