Keeping Your Teeth Healthy Through Good Habits

In this article, the team at Oxenford Dentist JJ Smiles will run you through five quick tips to take care of your teeth. By establishing good habits, we can preserve our smile, ensure our teeth and gums work like they should, and reduce the need for restorative treatments. Please note, these tips are only the tip of the iceberg and there is plenty of additional advice available through your Gold Coast Dental Clinic!

Healthy habit 1: Following the correct oral hygiene routine

This habit has two steps. Firstly, we need to identify the correct routine, with the support of our dentist oxenford or another dentist near me. This will include brushing for two minutes in the morning and at night, using the correct firmness of brush, using the correct technique, using a dentist approved toothpaste, and regularly flossing. Secondly, this habit needs to be followed through with discipline. This is where most of us come undone!

Healthy habit 2: Following the correct diet

What we eat and drink can have a significant impact on our oral health. To understand this, it is important to understand how plaque (which leads to tooth decay) forms. Plaque develops when sugars build up on our teeth and generate bacteria. Therefore, it stands to reason that high-sugar foods and drinks will impact the health of our teeth. Foods that are highly acidic, rich in colour, and which lead to heartburn may also impact our oral health or appearance. When it comes to drinking, water is best, and drinking a healthy amount can ensure we have sufficient saliva (which helps to reduce bacteria levels).

Healthy habit 3: Getting regular dental check-ups

It’s vital to get a regular check-up and clean, ideally at a bulk billing dentist Oxenford or a dental clinic Helensvale. This way, your dentist can remove plaque and identify any emerging issues you need to be proactive about. Some dentists offer a more comprehensive dental hygiene service than others; for example, JJ Smiles can use advanced technology such as airflow and Primescan, to locate and remove plaque from teeth.

Healthy habit 4: Using a mouthguard or nightguard

If you play contact sports, then it’s vital to wear a custom-made mouthguard from your Oxenford dentist. This protects your teeth and also your gums and lips from damage. Similarly, if you notice headaches in the morning or your partner reports grinding or mashing noises, you may be grinding your teeth at night. To reduce this pain and prevent further damage, there may be value in having a nightguard made by your dentist.

Healthy habit 5: Accept when it’s too late and get treatment

No matter how hard we try, we may still experience dental issues. Beyond a certain point, there is not much a ‘preventative’ approach can achieve. If this is the case, it is important to accept that you may need treatment at a cosmetic dentist Gold Coast.

For a dentist near me in Helensvale, Maudsland, Oxenford and the Gold Coast area that you can trust, look no further than JJ Smiles. We also help with children’s dentistry Gold Coast, for example, with Oxenford braces. Simply contact (07) 5529 7567 or email reception@jjsmilesdental.com.au to arrange an appointment.

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