How to Maintain Healthy Teeth at Home

How to Maintain Healthy Teeth at Home

At Access Dental Perth, we want to help you keep your teeth as healthy as possible. This starts with a great oral health routine. In this blog, we’ll give you some tips to maintain healthy teeth at home.

Brush Your Teeth Regularly

It goes without saying that brushing your teeth is essential for good oral health. You should aim to brush your teeth at least two times a day, or ideally after every meal.

Choose a toothbrush with soft bristles as they are kinder to your gums, and one with a small head to get to hard to reach areas.

Use toothpaste with fluoride as one of the main ingredients. Fluoride is a leading defence against tooth decay as it fights germs and provides a protective barrier for your teeth.

Brushing technique

A good brushing technique will be helpful to ensure your teeth are well cleaned.

  • Ensure you clean each and every tooth individually for approximately 10 seconds each – take your time!
  • Hold your brush at a 45-degree angle to the point at which the tooth meets the gum line
  • Apply gentle pressure as you move the brush back and forth in a circular motion
  • Brush under the tongue to remove bacteria and to ensure fresh breath
  • Use the same brushing action on all outer and inner tooth surfaces, tilting the brush as needed to reach the insides of the front teeth better.

Floss Regularly

We’ve all heard it before – flossing every day is important. But why is that the case?

Flossing, using slow and gentle motion, removes the tiny bits of food which aren’t reached by your toothbrush. Flossing regularly reduces your risk of developing tooth decay and gum disease and is a great step toward maintaining your natural teeth for life.

If you make it a part of your routine, it will be a great investment in your oral health as you will face less problems later down the line.

Use Mouthwash

Just 30-seconds of your life can be a huge game changer in terms of your oral health. It can result in a clear reduction in dental issues such as plaque and gingivitis and can give you a fresher breath.

Remember not to dilute the mouthwash with water to get the full effect of the fluoride in the mouthwash.

Maintain a Healthy Diet

Below are some tips for a healthy diet to keep your whole body healthy, as well as maintain good oral health.

  • Eat a balanced diet with lots of vegetables and fruits. This will provide essential nutrients to keep your whole body healthy, including your mouth.
  • Drink plenty of water to flush out excess acids and food debris, to avoid staining and build-ups of bacteria
  • Avoid foods and drinks that cause discolouration and staining. This includes coffee, tea, red wine, sauces and artificially coloured snacks and drinks.
  • Avoid sticky and chewy foods, like gum, lollies, syrups etc. as they are likely to stay on your teeth longer and cause decay.
  • Avoid sugary foods and drinks that encourage the build-up of bacteria and decay.
  • Avoid acidic foods and drinks, such as soft drinks, fruit juices, and energy drinks that cause a break-down of enamel.

Regular Six-Monthly Visits to the Dentist

To maintain healthy teeth, you cannot do it alone. Regular check-ups and professional cleans every six months are essential in preventing tartar build up and preventing the onset of dental issues.

Access Dental Perth

Access Dental is dedicated to recommending and treating our patients’ teeth as if they were our own. Our team of experienced Perth dentists and friendly staff will be serving your family members with care and understanding.

If you want to know more about how to maintain healthy teeth, check out our website. Or if you’re ready to book an appointment give our team a call on (08) 9485 0600.

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