By Kingston Beach Dental
THIS year’s theme for Dental Health Week (7-13 August) is “Oral Health for Busy Lives” and is focused on diet, brushing, flossing and regular preventative examinations to optimise your oral health.
The aim is to motivate people to view oral health as an important area for attention, despite their overcrowded schedules and busy lifestyles.
At Kingston Beach Dental, our caring team of experienced and gentle practitioners encourage you to take a proactive and preventative approach to your oral health rather than waiting for a dental emergency.
It only takes two-minutes in the morning and at night with a soft-bristled or electric toothbrush to clean your teeth.
Work from the back of your mouth and brush in a gentle, circular motion with the bristles at a 45-degree angle to the gum line.
Remove debris and plaque by brushing the inner, outer and chewing surfaces of your teeth and avoid hard brushing back and forth, which can cause gum recession and damage to tooth enamel.
Give the tongue a quick brush for extra fresh breath and for added ongoing tooth protection, spit out the toothpaste, but don’t rinse.
Finally, replace your toothbrush or toothbrush heads after three-months, following an illness or if the bristles are spreading apart.
Flossing is essential to remove plaque and bacteria from the surfaces between your teeth to decrease the risk of gum disease, tooth decay and bad breath.
Relying solely on brushing means you will miss nearly 40 per cent of your tooth’s surface.
Red, swollen or bleeding gums are signs of inflammation and you are advised to see your dentist to prevent progression to more serious forms of gingivitis.
As well as dental floss, inter-dental cleaning brushes are a fantastic way to clean between your teeth.
A diet high in sugar also affects your oral health – the bacteria in your mouth turns sugar into acid, which attacks the tooth enamel and causes decay.
Drinking water maximises saliva production to neutralise acids and prevent tooth decay.
Eating regular healthy meals rather than frequent snacking and limiting sugary treats to meal times reduces ongoing sugar attacks on your teeth and the risk of tooth decay.
Kingston Beach Dental encourages you to make dental appointments as much of a priority as seeing your hairdresser or booking your car in for servicing.
Having a check-up every six months helps to identify any issues early so that they are manageable and affordable.
Kingston Beach Dental practice principal Dr Martyn Sweet and oral health therapist Hannah Colantoni are calm, reassuring and thorough – they give excellent advice to help you get your oral health back on track.
Our friendly staff are waiting for you to call Kingston Beach Dental on 6229 6775 to book an appointment.
Caption: Kingston Beach Dental oral health therapist Hannah Colantoni, left, and practice principal Dr Martyn Sweet.