Welcome to the DentaGlow blog, as our first post we thought we would share some simple tips to follow to keep your teeth healthy at home. After all, you only visit the dentist twice a year, so it’s important that you are dedicated to your oral hygiene routine.
Brush your teeth twice a day in a circular motion, and floss before bed
This is the most basic dental hygiene rule that many people still ignore. Every time you forget to brush your teeth or floss you are giving bacteria the chance to erode your enamel, which eventually results in irreversible damage to the teeth.
Don’t keep your toothbrush within 6 ft of the toilet!
This is something that people don’t often think about, but if you could see the germs that gather on your toothbrush you would change your mind! Keep your toothbrush a safe distance from the toilet to ensure it is fresh and clean when you go to use it.
Visit a dentist that cares and practices the latest dental techniques
Lots of dentists are still using outdated technology to treat patients that can mean longer recovery time, unnecessary pain and unnecessary inconvenience depending on what’s being treated. Here at DentaGlow, we utilise the latest techniques including tooth-coloured fillings and the latest sterilisation techniques to ensure our patients experience a comfortable and relaxing appointment.
Wear a mouthguard (even if you’re an adult)
Children are generally made to wear mouthguards during dangerous sporting activities at school. However, adults also need to wear mouthguards if they play sport with a local team to prevent injuries to the teeth and jaw. You never know when a mouthguard could save your smile, but you’ll be glad it did.
Remain knowledgeable regarding issues such as gum disease
Gum disease is caused by a build-up of plaque on your teeth and along the gum line. Plaque is constantly being formed naturally occurring bacteria in your mouth and if not properly cared for, your teeth may become the perfect environment for gum disease. Signs and symptoms include:
- Painful or tender gums
- Swelling of the gums
- Soft gums
- Colour of gums can start to alter
- Gums bleed after brushing or flossing teeth
As gum disease can eventually lead to more severe diseases and tooth loss, it is crucial that you schedule an appointment as soon as possible.