To rinse or not to rinse..? One of the most frequently asked questions from our patients – is whether they should be using mouthwash on a daily basis? Some benefits of using a mouthwash include:
- Fresher breath
- Increase in fluoride exposure (which may help with prevention of dental decay)
- A reduction in bacteria and dental plaque (which are contributing factors of dental decay & gum disease)
Before using a mouthwash, it is important to know what you need it for? Every mouthwash has a range of different active ingredients and different indications of use. Speak to your dental health professional prior and identify the dental risk’s that may apply to you. Not only will this allow you to select the right product for the job – but ensure you get your money’s worth from that 30second rinse effect! It is important to know that mouthwash should NEVER be used as the only aspect of your oral hygiene routine. If required, it should be used in conjunction with your brushing & flossing routine!
Many well-known common kinds of toothpaste we use contain multiple ingredients, however the most important of them all is Fluoride! Fluoride helps to prevent tooth decay by slowing down the breakdown of enamel (demineralization) process and enhancing the remineralisation process. The new enamel crystals formed from the remineralisation process are also more resistant to acid attack (due to the incorporation of the Fluoride mineral). To ensure you are getting the appropriate dosage be sure to read the packet prior to purchasing any product. Children’s toothpaste contains between 400 – 500 parts per million of fluoride. Regular adults toothpaste contains 1000 – 1100ppm. Toothpaste should not be swallowed and only a pea size amount is required. For any more questions speak to your dental professional today!
Did you know that the use of dental floss is proven to remove up to 80% more plaque between teeth when used as part of your daily oral care regime?
Using floss on a daily basis can help reduce your risk dental decay and gum disease.
The technique is also key! Ensuring you utilize the correct technique is the most important part.
The floss should adapt and curve around the tooth surface and slide up and down the tooth removing plaque deposits.
Did you know oral health and general health are related in four major ways?
- Poor oral health is significantly associated with major chronic diseases
- Poor oral health may cause disability
- Oral health issues and major diseases share common risk factors
- General health problems may cause or worsen oral health conditions. To prevent disease, simply ensure you are; tooth brushing (twice daily), cleaning daily in between your teeth (with floss, piksters or any other tool), consuming a healthy diet with plenty of water and visiting your dentist regularly. Prevention is better than cure!
Why are regular dental check-up’s Important?
- During your dental check-up appointment, the dental clinician also performs a cancer screening assessment of the head & neck area
- An overall evaluation of your teeth and gum health is performed, ensuring that any risk factors or diseases are caught early or prevented. (This includes cavities, gum inflammation or gum disease).
- Sometimes, x-rays are required to show us what is happening inside or surrounding the tooth. As problems may be occurring under the surface without you knowing!
- Dentists can keep track of harmful or bad habits, which may contribute to the progression of oral diseases (i.e. smoking, poor diabetes control, poor tooth brushing). They can also offer you ways to improve or reduce these high-risk habits