Dental Health Week (6 to 12 August) is the Australian Dental Association’s (ADA) major annual oral health promotion event and one that Caringbah Dental Care supports fully.
The aim of the week is to educate Australians on the importance of maintaining good oral health by following four key pieces of advice for oral health.
The ADA’s key messages are simple:
Let’s take a closer look at each of these points from the Caringbah Dental Care perspective.
Choose a soft-bristled toothbrush with a small head and flexible neck. Teeth should be cleaned systematically, starting at the back with the toothbrush bristle at the gum line on a 45° angle, brushing gently in circular motion.
Be sure to brush carefully along the inner, outer and chewing surfaces, being careful to tip the toothbrush so you can reach the inner front areas of the teeth, which are often missed.
When you have finished brushing, spit out the toothpaste but don’t rinse with water. Leaving some toothpaste on your teeth gives your teeth extra ongoing protection.
Choose a toothpaste that contains fluoride. Fluoride strengthens teeth, making them more resistant to attacks from sugar and acid. Fluoride can also help remineralise (heal or reverse) early decay.
Unless it’s recommended by your dentist, the general consensus is that you shouldn’t use toothpaste when cleaning the teeth of children under 18 months of age.
Here’s something you may not know – much of the surface area of your teeth lies between them. And they can get just as dirty, even dirtier, than the outside surfaces.
The ADA recommends:
The ADA suggests the following flossing technique:
If flossing is difficult, you may consider using floss threader, floss picks, oral irrigators, interdental tips, interdental cleaners, or Zip-rings.
Learn more about dental home tools here
The ADA recommends:
For good dental health eat a variety of foods from each of the five major food groups, including:
If you snack, choose healthy food. Foods eaten in meals cause less harm than snacks, as more saliva is released during a meal. Saliva helps sluice foods from the mouth and decreases the effects of acids, which can harm teeth and cause cavities.
Regular dental check-ups at Caringbah Dental Care are essential to maintaining good oral health
Dentists can check for problems that you might not see or feel, like early signs of tooth decay and gum disease. So schedule that appointment!
Caringbah Dental Care is a family-friendly dental clinic in Caringbah, Sutherland Shire with dentists offering a combined clinical experience of over 50 years!
We are conveniently located in the heart of Caringbah suburb and situated within 5 minutes walk from public transports such as train, bus, and taxi as well as free council car parks.
We offer a complete range of general and emergency treatments, major dental treatments, cosmetic treatments, children’s dental treatment, and nitrous oxide or oral sedation methods.
No gap treatment for all preventive treatments (exam, fluoride, fissure seals and xrays) for all NIB customers with extra cover (excludes fillings, extractions and major dental treatments).
Call (02) 9524 7047 or visit us at Shop 3/10-20 Mackay St in Caringbah.
Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.
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