Abolishing the Myths
I am regularly surprised by some of the reasons why patients believe they have poor teeth. During our initial consultation, together we discover any missunderstandings and gaps in your knowledge about good dental hygene and if necessary, find ways to get you back on track.
Brushing and Flossing
Brushing teeth is the best way to keep your teeth and mouth clean and reduce the risk of decay. You should brush at least twice a day, after breakfast and before going to bed, and floss once a day - maybe before going to bed.
Like most Dentists, we thank the fluoridation of water supplies ( including Broome) for the massive reduction of tooth decay since the 1960s.
Unfortunately, if you live in the communities outside of Broome, you are not drinking fluoridated water ( unless there is naturally occuring fluoride in your water).
It is essential that you brush with a fluoride containing toothpaste, so please be careful of the Herbal toothpastes that often do not contain fluoride.
For more information on Fluoride please click on this link on the Australian Dental Association website:
There are all ways to brush your teeth, just remember to use a soft toothbrush and brush your gums as well as your teeth
If your gums bleed brush them more, if your gums are sore brush them more.
Why? Because if you are not getting rid plaque, the bacteria in the plaque will cause your gums to become inflammed, and if they are inflammed, they will bleed and be sore.......... so brush the plaque off and your gums will thank you for it.
Some people can get a build up of calculus or tartar (same thing). Some people get a little and some get a lot. I recommend you have your teeth professionally cleaned every 6 months at least so that your gums can stay healthy
If you find having your teeth cleaned is painful, please let me know and there are great anaesthetic sprays and gels that can make teeth cleaning as comfortable as possible.
Fissure sealants are an invisible coating applied to the tooth that makes the tooth's surface smooth and prevents food and other decay causing substances from being stuck in the tooth.
Fissure sealants are a great way to reduce the frequency of decay in children's teeth but is also effective for adult teeth.
Looking after Babies, Toddlers teeth.... this is a very informative link:
A fantastic website on Developmental Dental Defects
Want to read about Tooth Whitening? This is a great link by the ADA:
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