Oral care sounds easy to remember, right? Brush your teeth. Floss. Avoid sugary things. But there are more to it than that. Here are some things you should know about dental hygiene.
Infection can occur in your mouth – Gum disease is caused by plaque that builds up along and under your gum line. The plaque causes infections that hurt the gum and bone that hold your teeth in place. The National Institute on Aging says gingivitis can often be fixed by brushing and flossing every day. But sometimes it can get more severe. This is called periodontitis and has to be treated by a dentist or it can ruin the bones, gums, and other tissues that support your teeth. Over some time, your teeth will have to be removed.
Improve your brushing technique – My dentist told me once that I should take it easy with my brushing. You see, I always thought you have to brush your teeth vigorously but it’s actually not good for your teeth. It leads to receding gums. The toothbrush has to be soft-bristle and you have to brush gently on all sides. Use fluoride toothpaste and being extra gentle along the gum line. Floss in areas that a toothbrush can’t reach. As with brushing, flossing needs to be gentle, not too vigorous. Otherwise, you end up damaging your gums. There are also heaps of electric toothbrushes out there that can do the job well and that comes with time prompts so you know you’ve brushed in the right amount of time.
Get it fixed – Sometimes, we wait until the last minute to get something done. For instance, a chip on your tooth, no matter how small, can affect your mouth. An article on Buzzfeed says the dentin – or the softer bone-like tissue that covers the root – can become exposed if you have a chipped tooth and then bacteria sets in. Also, avoid using whatever teeth whitening fad is out there. It is much safer for you to actually go to a professional to get it done. There are heaps of places for teeth whitening in Sydney. Just do your research.
Find a good dentist – People have a fear of the dentist. I know I used to have it. But if you find one that is great, one who listens to you, then it makes life much easier. It is ideal for your dental health to see the dentist once every six months. That way your teeth get a regular clean and the tartar build up is controlled. If you need major teeth repair, check with your dentist too for possible payment plan options. Or check with your private health fund on the rebates they give for certain dental work. It is always good to ask.
At Pitt Street Dental Centre in their amazing team of dental professionals are two highly trained experienced dental hygienists/oral therapists. A dental hygienist is trained and qualified to treat patients, cleaning your teeth using preventative, educational and therapeutic methods for the control of oral diseases and achieving and maintaining oral health. Your oral health affects your overall health.
Disclosure: This is in collaboration with Pitt St Dental Centre.