The Importance of Good Oral Hygiene

Most major dental problems are completely preventable. A great oral hygiene plan is one of the best ways to keep your natural teeth for life, and limit the extent of dental work that you need from our St Kilda East family dentists.

Here are a few things to keep in mind:

Brushing and Flossing
Brush for at least two minutes, twice per day. If brushing without a timer, most of us tend to rush right through and only for about 30 seconds. Take your time and be careful not to aggressively scrub the gums, as this can lead to recession.

Cleaning Between
A great toothbrush can’t physically reach into areas between your teeth or under the gums. That’s where flossing comes in. It’s important to disrupt the plaque build-up where your teeth touch each other, otherwise cavities will soon follow. You also want to wrap the floss around the tooth to gently glide it up and down just below the gumlines, to prevent or reverse gingivitis where it starts.

When Brushing and Flossing Don’t Seem to Help
Sometimes no matter how well you brush and floss, certain areas of your mouth are more prone to developing problems like gum disease and cavities. Teeth that are crowded or leaning are usually the first to suffer from such conditions. Investing in orthodontic therapy (such as ClearCorrect or Invisalign) can help to align the teeth so that they’re easier to care for and maintain.

See Your Dentist Twice a Year
At Dental Art, we prefer to see our patients every six months to help them care for their smiles and prevent unnecessary gum disease or tooth loss. During these visits, we recommend a scale and clean, exam, and occasionally any appropriate X-rays to screen for problems that may not yet be visible.

When was your last checkup? If it’s been more than six months, call our family dentists near Melbourne to schedule your next visit. We’ve proudly served patients throughout St Kilda, Malvern, Armadale, Elsternwick, Caulfield, Prahran, Windsor and Toorak for more than six decades.

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