Dental Tips

Dental checkups involve a thorough oral examination of both the gums and teeth. The interval between checkups is dependent on the stability of your mouth but is normally annual. You will be questioned on any problems you may have. You will be given advice on how to keep the gums and teeth healthy. Normally checkups involve a scaling and polish. It is also necessary to utilise x-rays for the early detection of cavities between teeth. The interval between these         x-rays will vary depending on your risk profile.  It is important to have checkups as poor dental health can affect not only the teeth and gums but also lead to general health problems.

Respect your teeth

It is easy to abuse our teeth. Unlike the rest of the body by the time we feel pain it is too late. Be careful when eating:

  • soft food items with hard pieces in them e.g. popcorn, muesli  and whole-wheat bread
  • items that require extreme pressure to chew e.g. pork crackling and hard nuts
  • hard boiled sweets. Remember they are meant to be sucked and not chewed
  • ice cubes should be allowed to dissolve

Our teeth should not be used as bottle openers or fishing pliers.  Respect your teeth and you will develop fewer problems!

Oral Hygiene Works – diet and home maintenance

  • Brush twice a day, floss daily, use interdental brushes if there are larger gaps and consider the use of a mouthwash.
  • Reduce sugar consumption where possible.
  • Minimise snacking in between meals.
  • Drink water and avoid carbonated drinks, especially black cola’s.
  • Reduce tea, coffee and red wine consumption where possible.
  • Stop smoking.
  • And still enjoy life!

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