Preserve and protect teeth, gums and mouth with oral hygiene habits tailored to your needs. Oftentimes, preventive advice on home dental care is taken too lightly. Indeed, the advice should be more than just ‘brush better and floss more’. Here at Putney Periodontics, we believe in an individualised approach to teeth cleaning. Hence, it is important that the oral hygiene advice:
- Is specific for your teeth
- Will include suggestions that will work at home
- Will suit your daily routine
Furthermore, between the dozens of dental products available on the market, it is sometimes confusing what you should use in order to achieve the best outcome. Sydney periodontist and dentist Dr. Jeremy Vo can provide expert advice that will make a huge difference for your oral hygiene in the long term.
Follow the Right Brushing Technique
Start by squeezing out a pea-sized amount of toothpaste. When you brush your teeth, you must move your toothbrush back and forth in a gentle motion, preferably in circular strokes. Include the back of the teeth as well. Be careful so you do not scrub hard along the gum line as this can lead to irritation. Ideally, you should brush your teeth at the end of every meal (breakfast, lunch and dinner) although twice a day (morning and the evening) is already a good start.
Make Sure to Floss Regularly
A lot of people skip flossing their teeth and only do it if they can see bits of food stuck in between them. Do the right thing and use a dental floss everyday. This form of dental cleaning comes after brushing as it helps to get rid of the stubborn particles lodged in between the little spaces of your teeth. This extra oral hygiene step makes such a big difference, what with all the debris your toothbrush is bound to miss. Furthermore, using dental floss helps polish teeth and prevents bad breath.
Watch What and How Much You Eat
Did you know that the presence of sugar in one’s mouth encourages the development of tooth decay? We have proven this time and time again in our Periodontal Practice. It is also important to know that how often you consume food is equally significant as what you actually consume. The truth is, only a few people are aware that snacking constantly throughout the day increases the risk for tooth decay, tooth cavity and dental caries. Upon consumption of sugary snacks, a minimum of 30 minutes is required by the saliva to neutralise the acids brought about by decay-producing bacteria. The more you eat sugar, the less you fight off bacteria.