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6 Ways To Improve Your Dental Hygiene

If you'd like to keep your teeth for a long life, then it pays to look after them. Here, 6 simple ways to improve your dental hygiene.

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6 Ways To Improve Your Dental Hygiene

Friday, November 11, 2016

REPLACE YOUR TOOTHBRUSH

To assure the best clean, it's highly recommended to change your toothbrush every two to three months. Over time, your toothbrush loses form, strength and gradually collects bacteria. To avoid this build-up of bacteria, it's simple - replace the brush.

TAKE YOUR TIME

Taking care is important, especially when it comes to your health. You should clean your teeth twice a day (after meals is best) for at least 2-3 minutes per thorough brush. Flossing should also be a mandatory part of your daily routine.

SMALLER IS BETTER

If you're under the impression that an adult needs a "big" brush, then you've been misled. A proper clean includes the back teeth, in-between teeth and the back of the mouth, where a small toothbrush is most effective, precise and gentler on your gums.

AVOID SUGARY ITEMS

Both sugary drinks and sugary foods contain acids, remarkably damaging to your teeth. In particular, acidic drinks including fruit juices, soft (fizzy) drinks and sneaky 'sugar-sweetened beverages' like Vitamin Water, produce holes in your teeth, which can then lead to cavities or caries. While it can be hard to completely remove these, it's best to cut-down where possible. And if you can't resist the bubbly, use a straw.

SAVE YOUR TEETH FOR CHEWING

There's such a thing as multi-purposeful, but when wanting to open a bottle with your teeth - perhaps, a bottle opener would work? Using your teeth for things other than to bite or chew (your food), raises the risk of chipping, collecting bacteria and in extreme cases, breakage. So next time you need to rip a tag off, be safe and use scissors.

GET REGULAR CLEANS

This is most important to remember; mandatory for maintaining good oral health. It's highly advised to have a dental checkup at least once every six months. Greenvale Dental Group are committed to caring modern dentistry, where they also demonstrate the importance of patient education.

"We have focused on patient education as why oral hygiene affects a person’s overall health. There is leading scientific study relating oral care with diabetes, heart conditions, vitamin deficiencies and oral cancers. A dentist is not only checking for broken teeth or cavities, they are looking for indicators in the mouth, tongue and throat that suggest an underlying condition." - Lyz Mizzi, Practice Manager

If you're due for a check-up, don't wait any longer. Book an appointment at Greenvale Dental Group today on (03) 9333 6854, or find out more. Open Monday to Friday from 9am-6pm, and on Saturday morning from 9am-1pm.

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