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Top 3 Surprising Dos and Don’ts of Optimum Oral Health from Passion Family Dental North Lakes

by | Apr 21, 2021 | Oral Health

A beautiful, healthy smile takes work. Like your overall health, you need to instil healthy habits to ensure your oral health is on point.

Not properly brushing and flossing your teeth results in plaque build-up and bacteria on your teeth and gums, causing inflammation known as gingivitis.

And not going in for your regular 6-month cleaning at the dentist will only compound the problem.

What are some of the lesser-known things to do and avoid for healthy teeth and gums?

DOS

Brush teeth at least twice a day and floss once daily

Practice good oral hygiene. Brush teeth thoroughly at least twice a day and floss daily between the teeth to remove dental plaque.

Consider rinsing with an antibacterial mouthwash

Mouthwash freshens breath, reduces plaque and gingivitis, whitens teeth, and soothes dry mouth.

With its antimicrobial benefits and additional fluoride, you’ll wonder why you didn’t add it to your routine sooner!

Change your toothbrush every 3 to 4 months and after recovering from an illness

Along with cleaning your toothbrush, you should also be changing it out regularly. The best practice is to get a new toothbrush every three to four months (or sooner, if the bristles start to fray).

You should also change your toothbrush if you get sick to ensure that harmful bacteria are not reintroduced through your mouth.

DON’TS

Consume too much sugary and acidic foods and beverages

Sugar converts into acids, which can then erode the enamel of your teeth. These acids are what lead to cavities. Acidic fruits, teas, and coffee can also erode tooth enamel.

Use sharp and pointed objects in removing food stuck between your teeth

Do not use sharp, piercing objects like toothpicks to remove stuck food particles since they may end up injuring the tooth enamel or damaging the gum even if they happen to perform the duty successfully.

Don’t smoke or use other tobacco products

Smokers are 3 to 6 times more likely to develop gum disease, which can attack roots and cause teeth to fall out.

Even smokeless tobacco products can irritate the gum tissue, causing gums around teeth to loosen, making it easier for bacteria to settle in and develop tooth decay.

The Passion Family Dental North Lakes Promise!

Practising good dental care helps keep teeth and gums healthy.

See your North Lakes dentist every 6 months for regular check-ups and cleanings.

Not only can your dentist remove calculus and find cavities, but they will also be able to detect potential issues and offer treatment solutions.

If you want to have a great dental experience from a dentist you can trust, visit us here at Passion Family Dental North Lakes.

Contact us today!

Same-Day Dental Emergency Appointment Available in North Lakes

For URGENT dental emergencies, do not hesitate to contact your North Lakes dentist, call us on (07) 3465 1199 or book online here.

We are your patient-friendly dentist located at Unit 4/6 Endeavour Boulevard in North Lakes.

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