To maintain a high standard of oral hygiene, the Dental Professional’s at Coral Coast Dental recommend keeping up with regular Examinations and Preventive Care Appointments. It is also important to keep up with your care at home. Brushing twice a day, flossing daily, eating a balanced diet and not snacking in between meals are just a few lifestyle choices that help contribute to a healthier mouth. It is important to maintain a well balanced diet, as poor dietary decisions can lead to gum disease and tooth decay. Consuming food and drink with a high content of carbohydrates, sugars, starches and acids contribute to the production of plaque acids that attack the tooth enamel. Continuing to have these in high amounts in your diet can form cavities.
Signs of Bad Oral Hygiene
- Bad Breath
- Receding Gums
- Heavy Calculus/ Scale Build Up/ Stained Teeth
- Bleeding Gums
Tilt the brush at a 45° angle against the gum line and sweep or roll the brush away from the gum line.
Gently brush the outside inside and chewing surface of each tooth using short circulator motions.
Gently brush your tongue to remove bacteria and freshen breath.
Proper Flossing Technique
Use about 18cm” of floss, leaving an inch or two to work with.
Gently follow the curves of your teeth.
Be sure to clean beneath the gumline, but avoid snapping the floss on the gums.
Choosing the Right Toothbrush
A soft bristled tooth brush with a small head is recommended by the Dental Professionals at Coral Coast Dental. Having a small headed soft toothbrush makes it easier to get in those hard to reach places and soft bristles ensures that there is no damage done from ‘scrubbing’ your teeth. Electric toothbrushes can also be a good option instead of or in addition to the traditional manual tooth brush. They are particularly useful for patients who have difficulty brushing or have limited movement in their hands. Whether electric or traditional, toothbrushes or toothbrush heads should be replaced as soon as the bristles begin to wear, this usually occurs every 3 months.
Choosing the Right Toothpaste
At Coral Coast Dental the Dental Professionals recommend using a tooth paste with the active ingredient sodium fluoride. As our water in not fluoridated it is important to be using a tooth paste with fluoride in it as this is what helps to protect and strengthen your teeth. It is also important for your children to be using a tooth paste containing fluoride to help with the development of their teeth. There are several children’s tooth pastes on the market which contain approximately half the fluoride dosage of adults regular tooth paste. We recommend for your children to be using this tooth paste until they are six years of age. It is important that they are spitting and rinsing it out after thoroughly brushing their teeth. We also recommend sensitive tooth pastes for people that have hyper sensitive teeth. This can sometimes be an easy and effective fix to sensitive teeth.