Caring For Your Smile
Just like the rest of your body, oral health can be maintained through doing the simple things right. The tips below can help you to maintain good oral hygiene and health, but if you have further concerns or questions you should contact your dentist.
- Brush your teeth twice a day and ideally after every meal, using fluoride-containing toothpaste.
- Use a soft-bristled toothbrush – it’s gentler on your gums.
- Hold your toothbrush at a slight angle against your teeth and use short back-and-forth motions.
- Brush the inside and chewing surfaces of your teeth.
- Brush your teeth for about two minutes each time you brush.
- Brush your tongue.
- Avoid vigorous or harsh scrubbing, which can irritate your gums.
- Replace your toothbrush every three or four months.
- Consider using an electric toothbrush, especially if you have arthritis or other problems that make it difficult to brush well.
Flossing removes the particles that a toothbrush can’t reach in the tight spaces between your teeth or the areas under your gumline. Try these tips on how to floss your teeth:
- When you floss, gently ease the floss between your teeth.
- Pull the ends of the floss against the front and back surface of a tooth so that the floss forms a “C” as it wraps around the tooth.
- Gently pull the floss from the gumline to the top of the tooth to scrape off plaque.
- Floss the backs of your teeth.
- Use fresh floss as you progress through your teeth.
- If you have trouble getting floss through your teeth, try waxed floss.
- If it’s hard to manipulate the floss, try using a floss holder.
Other cool tips
- Use dental picks or dental sticks specially designed to clean between your teeth.
- Use a mouth rinse to help reduce plaque between your teeth.
- Use oral irrigators, or devices that aim a stream of water at your teeth, to remove food particles.
- Don’t use toothpicks or other objects that aren’t made to clean your teeth.
Things you need to tell your dentist
The following symptoms may suggest oral problems and you should call your dentist promptly if you develop:
- Red, tender or swollen gums
- Gums that bleed when you’re regularly brushing and flossing
- Gums that are pulling away from your teeth, which may make your teeth seem longer
- Pus around your teeth and gums when you press on the gums
- A bad taste in your mouth
- Loose teeth
- Changes in the way your top and bottom teeth touch
- Changes in the feel of your dentures
- Sensitivity to hot and cold
Contact one of the best general dentists to know more details about oral health and hygiene. There are certain things you need to tell your general or emergency dentist in Sydney, for appropriate treatment.
Dentists at Chatswood Dental Centre take dentistry seriously. Your general dentists in Chatswood will always help you with answers to general questions that you may have. Make an appointment with our expert dentists and come in and see us if necessary. Our staff is friendly and approachable.