As August approaches, Australia once more observes Dental Health Week, a week supported by the Australian Dental Association.
Dental Health Week selects a dental topic every year to raise awareness of the importance of dental hygiene and oral health.
The theme for this year’s week, which runs from August 1 through August 7, is “Love Your Teeth.”
#1. Use fluoride toothpaste to brush your teeth twice daily
Many of us don’t give brushing our teeth much thought. Instead, we brush back and forth while applying toothpaste to a brush. However, as your dentist or hygienist at Main Beach Dental will inform you, how you brush your teeth is very important, and doing it wrong can even harm your teeth and gums!
What you ought to do is:
- Two times a day, brush your teeth for at least two minutes.
- Use a toothbrush with soft bristles, a flexible neck, and a little head.
- Processively brush your teeth while angling the toothbrush at a 45-degree angle to the gum line.
- Avoid pushing too firmly since this can harm the tooth enamel and gums.
#2. Every day, use dental floss or interdental brushes to clean in between your teeth
Plaque buildup and food particles are easily removed by flossing in areas that are difficult to brush. Flossing is strongly advised as plaque buildup can result in gum disease and tooth decay.
The ADA provides numerous recommendations for best-practice flossing:
- Incorporate flossing into your dental hygiene routine.
- Floss at least once a day.
- Ask your Main Beach dentist to show you the proper flossing technique.
- Ask your dentist if interdental aids will help you floss better.
- Your youngsters should floss as soon as their teeth touch.
And this is the method they advise:
- Wrap around 45 cm of floss around your middle fingers and hold it firmly between your thumb and index finger.
- While keeping your thumb and index finger close together, slowly slide the floss between the teeth, preventing cuts or injury to your gums from quick movement. To ensure that both teeth are cleaned equally, use a side-to-side motion.
- Curl the floss around and carefully massage it beneath the gum to clean the point where the tooth meets the gums.
If such remedies don’t work, your dentist at Main Beach Dental may advise other options, such as:
- Power Flossers
- Water irrigation
- Interdental brushes
- Dental pick
#3. Limit added sugar intake while maintaining a healthy, balanced diet
The other part of having good dental health is eating a range of healthy meals from each of the five main dietary groups, such as:
- Whole grains
- Dairy products with low fat and no fat
- Lean protein sources, such as some types of meat and dry beans, peas, and other legumes
Make healthy meal choices when you snack. But try to avoid snacking; as more saliva is released during a meal than during a snack, foods consumed at meals are less dangerous than snacks.
Saliva assists in cleaning food particles from the mouth, aid in tooth defence, and lessens the effects of acids, which can damage teeth and cause cavities.
#4. Regularly visit your Main Beach dentist for check-ups and preventive care
Visits to the dentist regularly safeguard your oral and general health. For instance, the mouth may be the first place where certain systemic diseases’ signs and symptoms manifest.
The examination also lets your dentist advise on how to care for your teeth and find oral health issues early on when they’re most easily treated.
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