Preventive Strategies

A good dentist, toothbrush, toothpaste and dental floss are the basic tools you need to keep your teeth and gums healthy for life.

Regular Dental Visits are essential to maintain good oral health

It is important to keep in mind that your risk of tooth decay and gum problems can change at different times in your life for many different reasons.

A dental maintenance program can help you stay on top of your changing needs and prevent little problems from becoming big ones.

Bacteria and Plaque

Plaque is the sticky, soft layer of bacteria that forms on teeth every day.

Bacteria in plaque forms acids when we eat sugary or starchy foods, when we drink sugary drinks, or when we take medicines with high levels of sugar. These acids cause tooth decay.

The bacteria in plaque also produce chemicals that cause the gums to become inflamed, red and bleed. This can also affect the fibres that hold teeth in place.

If plaque is not removed every day by brushing and flossing, the plaque can harden and form calculus (tartar). Calculus cannot be removed by brushing or flossing. Calculus traps more plaque and makes it more difficult to keep teeth clean. Your dentist can remove it during your regular maintenance appointment

Flossing

Dental floss is the best tool to clean in between teeth where a brush can’t reach. It is essential for maintaining your oral health, particularly to keep your gums healthy.

If flossing proves difficult talk to your dentist or one of the professional staff members and they can go through this procedure correctly with you. There are also other aids such as interdental brushes to help.

How to floss:

  • Take about 45cm of floss and wrap around the ends of your middle fingers.
  • Grip this firmly between your middle finger and thumb, using your index fingers to guide it to where it needs to go.
  • Guide floss between teeth remembering to go just under the gum. You will feel a little pressure when it is in the right area. Go up and down each side of every tooth.
  • Floss in a set routine so that you know that you don’t skip around and miss some teeth – don’t forget to floss behind the very back teeth!

Tooth brushing

Studies have shown that brushing twice a day using fluoride toothpaste reduces the risk of tooth decay much more than brushing only once a day.

It is especially important to use fluoride at night because less saliva is available during sleep to protect teeth against tooth decay.

Here are some tips to make brushing most effective:

  • Always use a SOFT toothbrush.
  • Use a gentle, circular motion at the gum line. Don’t scrub!
  • Make sure the middle of the brush is along the area where gum and tooth meet.
  • Don’t apply pressure – let your brush do the work!
  • Brush in a set pattern so that you don’t skip around any teeth.
  • Brush every tooth surface – outside, inside and the chewing surface.
  • Change your toothbrush regularly. Most dentists recommend every three months.

We recommend Neutrafluor 900 Mouthwash in some cases

The fluoride in Neutrafluor 900 helps to heal areas on the teeth that have begun to decay. This product should only be used under the instructions of a dentist. Check with the dentist to see if Neutrafluor 900 is something that would help you care for your teeth.

Directions for use:

  • Directly before bed, floss your teeth and then brush them with toothpaste for three minutes.
  • Rinse out. Using 10ml of the Neutrafluor 900 mouthwash, rinse vigorously around the mouth for two minutes. Do not rinse out after this procedure.

This process should be done every day for 2 weeks and then 3 times per week.

IMPORTANT: – Do not swallow or rinse after using Neutrafluor 900 mouthwash.

Call us today to book your regular dental appointment.