Dental Health

Ensure Good Dental Health with Tips from the Malo Clinic!

Taking care of your teeth is essential if you want to keep your natural teeth as long as possible. Unfortunately, not everyone knows the correct way to take care of their teeth, which causes problems such as tooth decay, cavities, gum disease and more. To find out more about good dental hygiene, please listen to the Dr Larry Benge podcasts and read the additional tips from the Malo Clinic on this page.

Getting Rid of Plaque

Plaque on the teeth is one of the most common causes of dental problems. Plaque can be described as a sticky layer on the enamel of the teeth and this layer contains bacteria. These bacteria can convert your food into acids. These acids will attack the enamel of your teeth and cause tooth decay. Without good dental hygiene, plaque can start building up and devastate your teeth over the course of time.

Your teeth are not the only part of your mouth that can be affected by plaque, since plaque can also affect your gums. An excessive amount of plaque may lead to gum disease, which includes gingivitis and periodontitis. As a result, your gums may start to bleed, and in extreme cases cause your teeth to fall out.

To get rid of plaque, it is essential to brush your teeth at least two times a day and ensure frequent visits with your dentist and dental hygienist. It is also necessary to floss, since plaque can also appear between the teeth and accumulate there.

dental health tips

Brushing the Teeth

Everyone knows that brushing the teeth is essential to ensure good oral hygiene. However, not everyone is aware of the correct way to brush the teeth, which causes problems down the line. To find out how to brush your teeth properly, please follow the guidelines below.

To brush your teeth correctly, place the toothbrush on a 45-degree angle on the gums, then move the brush back and forth. Make sure to brush the outer surface of the teeth, the inner surface of the teeth and the chewing surface of the teeth. Also use the tip of your toothbrush to clean the inside surface of the front teeth.

In addition to brushing the teeth, you should also brush your tongue. The tongue can accumulate many bacteria over the course of the day. If you do not brush the tongue, the bacteria will still convert foods into acids.

Flossing and Rinsing

To ensure that the majority of bacteria are removed from the mouth, you also need to floss and rinse your mouth with an antibacterial mouth rinse. The floss will remove any plaque build-up between the teeth, while the antibacterial mouth rinse will reduce the amount of bacteria in the mouth and reduce plaque activity.

When you choose a mouth rinse, it is important to look for a mouth rinse that contains fluoride. Fluoride protects your teeth against decay by ensuring the replenishment of calcium and phosphorous. People can also get more fluoride from their diet, since some water brands add fluoride to the water.

A Good Diet

Eating and drinking habits will have a tremendous impact on your dental health. If you consume soft drinks, candy and cookies on a regular basis, your teeth are bound to be affected. For that reason, it is recommended to maintain a healthy diet to promote good dental health.

To ensure good dental hygiene, it is essential to drink plenty of water, especially water that contains a certain amount of fluoride. Some water brands will add fluoride to the water, which will protect your teeth against tooth decay. By looking for these water brands, you can ensure good dental hygiene without much effort.

In order to protect your teeth, it is also a good idea to eat foods from five major food groups. These foods include whole grains, fruits, vegetables, lean sources of protein and fat-free dairy foods. If you are able to do so, limit the amount of snacks you consume during the day. When you eat, additional saliva is produced to help with digestion. Your saliva contains bacteria, which converts sugars into acids. As mentioned before, these acids will damage the enamel of your teeth.

Good Dental Health & Dental Implants

When you have dental implants, you will have to take care of them as if you would take care of your natural teeth. It is essential to brush your replacement teeth properly, since the excess plaque can still cause gum disease and cause your dental implants to fail. You will also need to floss, since plaque can also build up between your dental implants.

To guarantee the health of your dental implants, you will also need to visit your dental hygienist and dentist on a regular basis. However, these visits are needed for people who still have their natural teeth as well, so you do not have to make any additional visits if you have dental implants.

There are special tools to take care of dental implants, since some places may be a little difficult to clean properly. To learn more about special toothbrushes for dental implants, and other cleaning tools, be sure to talk to your dentist at the Malo Clinic.

dental health

Choosing the Right Toothpaste and Dental Care Products

Good dental health is directly connected to the dental products you are using, for example toothpaste, toothbrushes, dental floss and more. Depending on the dental problems you are struggling with, you will need a specific type of toothbrush and toothpaste.

For example, there are people who suffer from gum disease on a regular basis, even when they have a good oral hygiene routine. Since these people are more susceptible to gum disease, they may need a different kind of toothpaste or a special toothbrush to get to some of the plaque they may have missed.

If this problem sounds familiar to you, it is recommended to contact your dental hygienist for an appointment. Your dental hygienist will be able to advise you on toothpaste or even recommend a special mouth rinse that can reduce the chance of developing gum disease or other dental related problems.



Telephone 1300 625 628