Your Oral Health
Brushing & Flossing Tips
The following are some tips, from our resident oral hygienist Alison Lynch, to help maintain a healthy, vibrant smile.
- Using a soft tooth brush is essential.
- It is important to brush at least twice a day for 2 minutes.
- You should aim your toothbrush bristles at a 45 degree angle to the gum line.
- Brush with a gentle, circular motion.
- All tooth surfaces should be covered for the best plaque removal to be achieved.
- Flossing is just as important as brushing, as floss removes plaque from areas that your toothbrush cannot reach.
- You should floss at least once a day.
- For the best results, floss should be wrapped around the middle fingers and held with the index finger and thumb - leaving about 6cm of floss in between.
- The floss should then be inserted between teeth and wrapped to one side, forming a 'C' shape around the tooth, underneath the gum.
- The floss should then be gently pulled and the same process repeated on the other side of the tooth.
If you notice bleeding when you brush your teeth, this may be a sign that you need to floss more regularly. Bleeding should subside if you maintain good flossing practices. If not contact your dentist.
Gingivitis is one of the most common gum diseases. Symptoms of gum disease generally include:
- Swollen, red gums
- Bleeding gums
- Loose teeth
- Gum recession
- Bad breath
Gingivitis can be reversed by a visit to an oral hygienist and good dental care practices at home. It is important to address gingivitis as soon as symptoms are noticed, because other periodontal diseases, notably Periodontitis, results in the deterioration of fibre, bone and tissue of the surrounding structures, if gingivitis is left unchecked. The results are unattractive tooth lengthening, tooth mobility and chronically sore swollen gums, thereby making the simple pleasures of eating and smiling rather more difficult.
The build up of bacteria known as plaque is the prime cause of gingivitis. Mineralised plaque develops into a hardened, cement substance called calculus, which irritates the gums and eventually leads to gingivitis. If you notice any of the symptoms listed above, book an appointment with us today.
Unlike many other dental problems, tooth erosion is irreversible. Because of this, it is important to adopt good dental hygiene and lifestyle habits to reduce the risk of tooth erosion.
The following are a few useful tips to help protect your teeth from erosion.
- Drink plenty of water daily.
- Reduce your intake of carbonated (fizzy) drinks, fruit juices and cordials.
- Limit your intake of acidic foods and drinks to main meals.
- Avoid sipping or swishing drinks (drinking through a straw can help).
- Make sure you brush twice daily with fluoridated toothpaste and a soft toothbrush.
- Visit your dentist for regular check ups. The early detection of tooth erosion can save you discomfort and money in the future.
Fluoride treatments, such as rinses, can help protect your teeth from erosion. However, it is important that you check with your dentist first to ensure you receive the treatment that is right for you.
If you are sick of putting up with sensitive teeth, be sure to visit Dynamic Dental @ 486. We can provide you with the right soft toothbrush and tooth paste to help you treat sensitivity one day at a time.
Tooth sensitivity is caused when the root surfaces of the teeth are exposed due to gum recession. When microscopic tubules on the exposed layer come into contact with heat, cold or a high sugar concentration, fluid within them reacts and stimulates nerves that cause pain and discomfort.
Using the correct toothpaste with a sensitivity toothbrush can help relieve pain and can make a lasting difference after 4-8 weeks of daily use.