Oral health basics

Four simple tips

1. Brush twice a day, using fluoride toothpaste

  • Brush your teeth for at least two minutes, twice a day.
  • Use a soft-bristled toothbrush with small head and flexible neck.
  • Clean teeth systematically, holding toothbrush at gumline at a 45 degree angle.
  • Don’t press too hard – too much pressure can damage gums and tooth enamel.
  • Choose a toothpaste with fluoride and replace your toothbrush every three months.

2. Use floss at least once a day

  • Make flossing part of your oral hygiene regime.
  • Floss at least once a day.
  • Ask your dentist to demonstrate the correct flossing technique.
  • Ask your dentist if interdental aids will complement your flossing.
  • Your children should floss too, start as soon as your child has two teeth that touch.

3. Eat healthy and have less sugary drinks and food

  • Make flossing part of your oral hygiene regime.
  • Floss at least once a day.
  • Ask your dentist to demonstrate the correct flossing technique.
  • Ask your dentist if interdental aids will complement your flossing.
  • Your children should floss too, start as soon as your child has two teeth that touch.

4. Have regular dental check-up

  • Make sure you visit your dentist regularly, at least once a year!

Blog information https://www.ada.org.au

2017-08-07T16:12:46+00:00