Insider Tips to Dental Health – Part 2

Your dental toolkit and how to use it

Have you already read Insider Tips to Dental Health – Part 1?

You probably have a special ‘toolkit’ to look after your clothes – a washing machine, detergent, iron, ironing board and a clothes brush. But have you thought about your own dental ‘toolkit’ to look after you teeth? It should travel with you whenever you go away, and you could even carry a miniature one with you during your day.

Here are our top suggestions for what to include in your own dental hygiene toolkit:

Dental toolkit Tip#1: Choose your toothbrushes wisely

A soft bristled toothbrush won't scrath or damage your tooth's precious enamel.Always choose a soft bristled toothbrush. Hard bristles can scratch and damage the enamel on your teeth. Brush all surfaces of your teeth; inside next to your tongue, outside, the chewing surfaces and in between the teeth. Do not scrub hard though – just gentle, circular motions to make sure you’ve reached everywhere. Ideally, brush for 3 to 4 minutes.

Dental toolkit Tip#2: A good fluoride toothpaste

Fluoridated toothpaste helps to strengthen your teeth against decay. If you have sensitive teeth, there are specially formulated toothpastes that reduce sensitivity.

Dental toolkit Tip#3: The all-essential floss

Floss is an absolute necessity. And knowing how to floss is too. Flossing regularly is vital in catching those sneaky bits that hide between your teeth and under the gum line.

Different types of floss are available, but for those who don’t have nimble fingers, you can purchase flossettes that are attached to a plastic handle to reach inside your mouth. Flossettes are also great for kids to get into to flossing habit.

Dental toolkit Tip#4: Interdental brushes – not toothpicks

Your teeth will thank you for taking care of them in later years.An Interdental brush is a must if you wear braces. And it’s also great if you don’t. Rather than use a toothpick that can damage your gums, the fine bristled interdental brush will finesse your teeth cleaning and help clean out those problem gaps where plaque and food can hide.

 

By keeping your dental toolkit together in one place, you are more likely to look after your teeth better. Use your floss whenever you brush, and before you know, it will become a habit. Forming the habit of complete dental hygiene will ensure this ‘exercise’ is fairly quick and easy. Your teeth will thank you for it in later years.

If you would like to know more about looking after your dental health then book a consultation with us on (08) 8346 3940. At your dental check up we can discuss your situation and factors that might be contributing to any decay you may have.

Check out Part 3 of our Insider Tips to Dental Health.