Prevention – Our Tips
It is vital to maintain the health and appearance of your teeth with proper oral hygiene. At MGA Dental we strive to educate our patients as much as we treat them, and we will always advise you about the most effective methods to keep your teeth and gums healthy your whole life and prevent dental disease.
Here are the most important things to remember in order to maintain your oral health:
Get regular check-ups
to make sure any problems are found and dealt with as early as possible. We recommend that you schedule a routine examination every 6-12 months, and if you have ongoing tooth or gum problems you should be visiting your dentist every 3-6 months to keep an eye on the situation. Your Gold Coast or Brisbane dentist will be able to spot the early signs of cavities or infection, and take preventative measures to stop them from becoming a serious problem.
They will also thoroughly clean your teeth to remove food particles from grooves and crevices that are difficult for you to reach with a toothbrush on your own. Routine cleaning will stop these particles from building up where you can’t see them, and leading to cavities or other complications. The advanced cleaning processes will also whiten and polish your teeth by removing surface stains caused by tea, coffee, soft drinks or smoking.
Eat healthy foods as much as you can
. A well-balanced diet will give your teeth and gums the nutrients and minerals they need to resist infection and decay. Avoid snacking too much between meals, especially on sugary foods.
Drink lots of water
and avoid acidic and sugary drinks like soft drinks, sports drinks, cordials, fruit juices and flavoured or carbonated water.
Brush your teeth
at least twice a day and floss at least once a day, most importantly before you go to sleep at night. Use a fluoride toothpaste and change your toothbrush at least every 2 months, or once the bristles start to fray. This will help prevent bacteria from building up.
If you wear dentures, they should be cleaned after every meal to remove food particles and plaque, by brushing both the inside and outside with a toothbrush and mild soap and water. When you go to sleep at night you should take them out so that your mouth can rest, and store them in a glass of cold water.
Wear a custom fitted mouth guard
when playing sport, training or doing any other sort of high intensity physical activity, to protect your teeth from potential injury and damage.