Top teeth tips for good oral health

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.

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