Taking care of your teeth is a lifetime job and involves daily habits along with the right oral care measures and treatments to prevent problems in the future. Here are three main ways to promote dental hygiene for you and your family in Victoria.
1) The old adage to brush your teeth twice a day still holds true. Many people in Victoria may neglect to brush at night because they’re too tired. However, brushing at night helps remove bacteria and plaque that collect throughout the day. Brushing properly is essential for good oral hygiene. Doing a bad job of brushing is almost as bad as not brushing at all. Don’t rush, and move the toothbrush in circular, gentle motions. No matter how well you brush, you may not always be able to remove all of the plaque. It will harden into tartar that only a dental professional can remove. That’s why it’s also so important to visit our office for routine dental exams and cleanings.
2) Good dental hygiene depends on good dental products. Whitening power and flavors are not important factors when choosing your toothpaste. What is important is making sure it contains fluoride. For oral health, it is still the backbone. It’s a leading defense in preventing tooth decay by fighting germs and gives a protective shield for your teeth. Mouthwashes may not be given much importance because people often don’t know if they work. However, mouthwash can help in various ways.
3) A nutritious diet is a big factor in dental hygiene. Water is still the best beverage for oral health and overall health as well. Avoid sugary and acidic foods as much as possible. Sugar converts into acid in the mouth, and these acids can lead to cavities.
Have your teeth professionally cleaned in Victoria at least once, if not twice, a year. Again, even if you are brushing and flossing as you should, certain kinds of plaque can only be removed through a deep cleaning. A professional team will also be able to spot any potential problems and suggest solutions.