Oral Hygiene & Prevention of Tooth Decay

Post by: Gerarda on 07 Mar 2023

Oral hygiene is essential for preventing tooth decay. Brushing your teeth twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste and flossing daily help to remove plaque and bacteria that over time can cause decay to develop. In addition to these daily habits, it is also important to schedule regular dental check-ups and cleanings.

Tooth decay, also known as cavities, is caused by the build-up of plaque on teeth. Plaque is a sticky film of bacteria that forms on teeth and produces acid that can erode tooth enamel if not regularly removed. Brushing and flossing regularly can help remove plaque and prevent tooth decay.

Schedule a dental appointment today to check the status of your teeth.

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Posted on Tuesday 7th March 2023 at 3:57 pm

Connection Between Oral Health & Overall Health

Post by: Gerarda on 26 Oct 2022

Oral health and overall health are closely connected. As the mouth is teaming with bacteria, mostly harmless, poor oral hygiene and low body defences can cause excessive amounts of oral bacteria and make any dental problems such as tooth decay, gum disease and bad breath more severe. These conditions can cause pain, infections, and even tooth loss.

Additionally, oral health problems can also be indicative of other health issues such as diabetes, HIV/AIDS, osteoporosis, digestive problems, and certain types of cancer.

Research has also shown that oral health problems can contribute to systemic health issues, including cardiovascular disease, stroke, and pneumonia. This is thought to be due to the bacteria and inflammation present in the mouth that can enter the bloodstream and affect other parts of the body.

Maintaining good oral hygiene through regular brushing, flossing, and dental check-ups / dental examinations is important not only for maintaining oral health, but also overall health.

8 Oral Hygiene Tips & Best Practices

Post by: Gerarda on 01 Jun 2022

1. Brush your teeth at least twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste for two minutes at a time. Use a very soft-bristled toothbrush and replace it every three to four months. We suggest to change your toothbrush with each new season. It is an easy way of remembering when you last changed it.

2. Floss daily to remove plaque and debris from between your teeth and along the gumline.

3. Use an antiseptic mouthwash to help kill bacteria and freshen your breath.

4. Limit sugary and acidic foods and drinks, which can contribute to tooth decay and erosion.

5. Don’t smoke or use other tobacco products, as they increase your risk of oral cancer and other health problems.

6. Visit your dentist and dental hygienist regularly for dental check-ups / dental examinations and cleanings. It’s important to have a professional cleaning to remove tartar and plaque that can’t be removed by regular brushing and flossing.

7. Wear a mouthguard if you play sports or grind your teeth at night.

8. Consider using dental products such as water picks or interproximal brushes to help reach and clean hard-to-reach areas.

It’s important to remember that maintaining good oral hygiene is a lifelong commitment that requires daily care and regular dental check-ups.


Does Flossing Help Your Gums?

Post by: Gerarda on 18 Apr 2022

Yes, flossing helps to remove plaque and debris from between the teeth and along the gumline, where a toothbrush cannot reach. This can help to reduce inflammation and bleeding in the gums, prevent tooth decay and gum disease, and promote overall oral health. It is important to floss daily and use proper technique to achieve the best results.

A 2006 study published in the Journal of Clinical Periodontology found that brushing alone was not as effective at reducing bleeding gums as brushing and flossing together. The study included 51 sets of twins, and researchers found that twin pairs who flossed in addition to brushing had significantly less bleeding on probing (a measure of gum health) than those who only brushed. This suggests that flossing can help to reduce inflammation and bleeding in the gums, and is an important part of maintaining oral health.

Many people who suffer from sensitive or bleeding gums may be tempted to avoid flossing for fear of making their gums bleed more. The fact is, flossing can improve the health of your gums and as a result helps to prevent them from bleeding.

The fact is, flossing daily, together with brushing and rinsing, helps protect against gingivitis by removing plaque and food particles. This helps keep your teeth and gums healthy, while giving you a beautiful smile.

You want a beautiful smile no matter your age? Floss!

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Posted on Monday 18th April 2022 at 5:40 pm

Manage Tooth Pain & Dental Emergencies

Post by: Gerarda on 02 Nov 2021

Tooth pain can be caused by a variety of factors, including tooth decay, gum disease, abscesses, and injury. To manage tooth pain until you can see your dentist, you can try the following:

1. Over-the-counter pain relief such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen if you are not allergic, can help alleviate pain and inflammation.

2. Rinse your mouth with warm salt water to help reduce swelling and pain.

3. Apply a cold compress to the outside of your cheek to help reduce pain and swelling.

4. Avoid eating or drinking hot or cold foods and liquids as they can exacerbate pain.

5. If the pain persists, or is severe, it’s important to see a dentist as soon as possible.

In any case make a dental appointment to find out the origins of the pain or swelling so it can be treated in a timely manner.

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Posted on Tuesday 2nd November 2021 at 10:16 am