Oral Hygiene

Good oral hygiene paves the way for good oral health and helps reduce the amount of dental work you may require. Optimal oral health is attainable through an effective routine that can be tailored to you by our staff. Regular and thorough cleaning at home will help to keep your mouth fresh and decay free. Poor oral health has been linked with more serious health conditions such as stroke and heart disease.

A thorough oral hygiene routine consists of twice daily brushing with fluoride toothpaste and flossing between your teeth daily. It is important to systematically remove bacteria from your tooth surfaces as well as your tongue.

When flossing, it is important to floss between the gum and tooth as seen in the video below. If you are having trouble mastering this technique, let us know next time you are in the surgery and we can help you to floss more efficiently!

When brushing with either an electric or manual tooth brush it is important to brush all tooth surfaces as well as focus on the gum line. The gum line is where plaque collects at its thickest and stickiest. Be sure to use a gentle technique, following the gum line with your electric tooth brush and using gentle circles or a ‘jiggle and flick’ movement with your manual toothbrush.

Regular visits to the dentist for a professional clean and examination are also important components of any oral hygiene routine, allowing for hard calcified plaque to be removed and any potential problems to be identified and rectified in their early stages before they escalate into more serious, costly and painful problems.”

Are you due for an assessment? Contact our friendly team at North Sydney Dental Practice and get back on top of your oral care.

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