DENTAL TIPS


Caring for your Mouth
Brush your teeth before going to bed at night and at least one other time during the day with toothpaste containing fluoride
Clean in between your teeth at least once a day using interdental brushes or floss
To check if you have bad breath, lick your wrist, let it dry and give it a sniff. If it smells, your breath probably does too
If you use mouthwash, don’t use it directly after brushing as you rinse away the fluoride from your toothpaste
Quit smoking to help reduce the chances of tooth staining, gum disease, tooth loss, and in more severe cases, mouth cancer
Make sure your toothpaste contains fluoride; it helps strengthen tooth enamel making it more resistant to decay
Change your toothbrush every two to three months or sooner if it becomes worn as it will not clean the teeth properly
Visiting your Dentist
Visit your dentist regularly, as often as they recommend
Some dentists may offer home visits for people who are housebound or have difficulty visiting the clinic
If you are nervous about visiting the dentist, make sure they are aware of the reason, so that they can improve your treatment
Overcome dental anxiety by taking a friend with you for support or listen to music to help you relax and focus on something else
Your dentist will carry out a visual mouth cancer check during your regular check-up
Visiting a good dental hygienist can give you excellent ideas and tips on preventing dental problems
Caring for your Mouth
Caring for your Mouth Visiting a good dental hygienist can give you excellent ideas and tips on preventing dental problems
Diet and your oral Health
Visit your dentist regularly, as often as they recommend
Chew sugar-free gum after eating or drinking, especially sugary foods, to help protect your teeth and gums in between meals
A varied diet that is rich in vitamins, minerals, fresh fruit and vegetables can help to prevent gum disease
Childrens Oral Health
Weaning your baby off the bottle early can help them avoid developing dental problems
All children up to three years old, should use a smear of toothpaste with a fluoride level of no less than 1000ppm (parts per million). After the age of three, they should use a toothpaste that contains 1350ppm -1500ppm
Parents should try and supervise your children’s tooth brushing until they are about 7 years old
Take your child to the dentist early, as soon as their teeth start to appear, this will help them get used to the sights, sounds and smells of a dental practice
Use a reward chart to track your children’s brushing habits and get them actively involved in brushing their teeth