The mouth is an important part of the body, and what happens in the mouth can impact on your overall health. Having bi-annual appointments with your dentist to maintain good oral health and prevent disease is important. But in the meantime, GMHBA Dental Care dentist Dr Thiago Rossi Da Silva shares his top tips to help keep your smile bright and your mouth happy.
1. Establish a routine
Clean your teeth or dentures twice a day. For teeth, brushing about two minutes last thing at night before you go to bed and first thing in the morning every day is best practice. If you wear dentures you should still clean them twice a day and remove them before you go to bed.
2. Use a fluoride toothpaste
Fluoride helps prevent tooth decay so it is essential your toothpaste contains it. Look at the ingredients list on the side of the packet to make sure it’s included.
3. Spit but don’t rinse
Spit out any excess toothpaste but don’t rinse with water immediately after brushing, as this dilutes the fluoride concentration in the toothpaste, making it less effective.
4. Regular flossing
Flossing prevents the development of dental decay, and it may also reduce gum disease and bad breath by removing plaque that forms along the gum line. If you have braces, flossing should be an essential part of your routine.
5. Change your toothbrush
We recommend a new toothbrush every two to three months and always replace your toothbrush when you've been unwell.
6. Drink water when you’re thirsty
Avoid carbonated drinks, energy drinks and protein shakes that contain sugar as these all impact on the health of your teeth. Drinking water is good for your overall health too.
7. Eat a healthy diet
Eat a regular balanced diet comprised of fresh fruit, vegetables and protein sources.
8. Minimise snacking
Try to avoid snacks like sweets, chips, and any other source of fermentable sugars between meals when possible.
9. Don't use your teeth as scissors
Never cut with your teeth or use them to open bottles. Using your teeth as tools can cause teeth to chip or break and increase the need for emergency care.
For more information
- GMHBA podcasts are a great source of health information. GMHBA Dental Care dentist Dr Anna Stokes answers key questions about dental care and Dr Joanna McMillan discusses ways to feed your family healthy and nutritious meals.
- The Australian Dental Association has up to date information for the Australian public about dental services and COVID-19.
- Watch this short video on how to floss.