Regular dental hygiene proves an effective way of keeping yourself and your family safe from tooth decay and gum diseases. At Healthy Smiles Dental group our patients are enrolled in a maintenance program where we see them every 3-8 months for an examination, clean and scale, floss, fluoride treatment and (if necessary) x-rays. This way we ensure our patients have minimal plaque levels and do not accumulate excessive tartar, which is difficult to remove with everyday brushing and flossing.
This is the single most important thing that you can do for your teeth and gums. Brush twice daily in downward strokes for upper teeth and upward strokes for lower teeth. Children can use circular motion.
Everybody should brush twice a day once in the morning after breakfast and in the night before going to bed.
As brushing removes plaque from the surfaces of teeth flossing helps to maintain hygiene and remove plaque from in between the contact points of teeth. If you find flossing difficult why not visit us and we shall teach you easy ways to make it fun with newer techniques like flossettes
There are over 20 different mouthwashes available in the supermarket today and choosing the right one can sometimes be a bit of a hassle. A good way to choose a mouthwash is to use an everyday variety that has an antiplaque agent in it along with some fluoride. Always remember that mouth rinses are only an adjunct to brushing and flossing and by themselves cannot fulfil oral hygiene needs.
If you are concerned about a particular problem like bad breath or multiple black spots or decay it is recommended you consult your dental professional before trying any cosmetic mouthwashes.
Diet is intimately related to dental health. Here are some general guidelines about food and dental hygiene.