Most people are aware that they need to brush and floss daily to maintain good oral hygiene. But aside from these daily dental care routines, there are other tips and tricks your Ferntree Gully, Knox and Boronia dentist wants you to know. These facts will help keep your smile healthy and bright as well as prevent serious dental problems in the long run.
Here are the 5 things your dentist wants you to know:
1. Regular dental checkups are crucial.
People often assume that if teeth look fine on the surface and if someone isn’t feeling any pain, there isn’t any problem. The fact is, early stages of dental problems including tooth decay and gum disease are not obvious and do not cause pain. If we only detect a problem after toothache develops then quite often the problem has already become severe and much more complex to treat. Attending regular dental checkups and cleanings can help identify any issues early on and prevent the problem from worsening, which saves you a tremendous amount of time and worry in the future.
2. Proper nutrition plays a part in your dental health.
Tooth decay is a diet related disease. Sugars from sweetened foods and drinks combine with the sticky film of bacteria in your mouth, producing acids that attack tooth enamel leading to tooth decay. The more often sweet foods and drinks are consumed, the higher the risk of tooth decay. Therefore it is important to choose healthy snacks like fresh vegetables and fruits. Try to limit beverages or foods that are high in sugar and consume them during meal times rather than between meals. Make sure your diet includes calcium-rich foods (like milk and cheese) to keep teeth strong and help prevent tooth decay.
3. Oral health can affect your overall health.
Did you know that your oral health offers clues about your general health, and that problems in your mouth can affect the rest of your body? Studies have shown that heart attacks, poorly-controlled diabetes, respiratory infections, stroke and adverse preganancy outcomes are significantly associated with gum disease and tooth loss. It is important to protect teeth from decay and gum disease by practising good oral hygiene everyday. Taking care of your oral health is an investment in your overall health. See the following video links showing proper brushing and flossing techniques, as published by the Australian Dental Association.
4. Baby teeth do matter.
Baby teeth will fall out eventually to make way for the adult teeth but caring for them is still very important. If decay results in early loss of a baby tooth it can lead to crowding when their adult teeth emerge. It is never too early to begin teaching good oral hygiene to your children and educate about food and drink for healthy teeth. Good habits learnt when they are young tend to stick with them throughout life. Children should have a dental checkup by the time they turn two to detect early signs of dental issues and address any concerns you may have.
5. Don’t let embarrassment keep you from calling us!
If you haven’t visited the dentist because you’re embarrassed about your teeth, have the fear of being judged, or even dental phobia, it is time to make that first step. Be rest assured that at Glenfern Dental we endeavour to make dental appointments a positive experience. We are dental professionals who are here to support you, give you options and help you to reach a state of feeling happy about your teeth again.
Come visit the friendly and professional dentists at Glenfern Dental, your Boronia dentist serving Ferntree Gully and the surrounding suburbs, including Boronia, Lysterfield, Rowville, Upwey, Wantirna, Bayswater, Belgrave, and Tecoma. We provide a full range of general dental services to suit your individual needs and goals. For enquiries or appointments, please give us a call on 9758 5625.