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Oral Hygiene Tip of the Month – January

Did you know oral health and general health are related in four major ways?

  1. Poor oral health is significantly associated with major chronic diseases
  2. Poor oral health may cause disability
  3. Oral health issues and major diseases share common risk factors
  4. 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!
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Oral Hygiene Tip of the Month – December

Why are regular dental check-up’s Important?

  1. During your dental check-up appointment, the dental clinician also performs a cancer screening assessment of the head & neck area
  2. 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).
  3. 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!
  4. 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
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Oral Hygiene Tip of the Month – November

For a long while now, research has proven the distinct link between Diabetes and oral health. The most common oral health problems affecting individuals with Diabetes are:

• Increased risk of gum disease or gingivitis (inflammation of the gum)

• Increase risk of dental decay

• Decreased salivary flow/ dry mouth – which is linked to increased risk of dental decay

• Slower healing time compared to healthy individuals in regards to extractions or dental surgeries.

• Mouth ulcers

• Increased risk of oral fungal infections/thrush. To help prevent oral health problems;

  • Blood sugar levels should be monitored regularly (with close communication with your GP)
  • Have a healthy diet and avoid processed foods, high carbohydrates or hidden sugars
  • Drink plenty of water to avoid any dry mouth complications
  • Have a good oral hygiene routine (involving brushing 2x daily and cleaning

    in between your teeth with floss or other cleaning aids)

  • Visit your dentist every 6 months – as we always say prevention is better than cure! Your dentist can assess your dental risks and give you specific advice to help avoid any complications.
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Oral Hygiene Tip of the Month – October

Gum disease is the inflammation of the gum, which can further progress on and affect or destroy surrounding structures, which support the teeth (bone and soft tissues). There are multiple ways to prevent gum disease, these involve:

  • Regular tooth-brushing (2 x daily) with a good angulation technique ensuring effective removal of debris and plaquesCleaning in between your teeth (at least once a day) with tools such
  • Cleaning in between your teeth (at least once a day) with tools such as piksters, floss, interbrush or dental tape.
  • Regular check-ups and cleans with your dental health professional. This allows the Dentist to keep track of your oral health status and to remove the build-up of calculus which otherwise is impossible to remove with a toothbrush.

To find out more – speak to your Dental professional at your next appointment.

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Oral Hygiene Tip of the Month – September

This month’s tips are all about Dental Implants! Dental implants are beneficial for replacing missing teeth, maintaining bone levels, restoring a natural smile and maintaining your youthful appearance. An implant is secured into the bone to provide long-term support for crowns and dentures. Just like your normal teeth, implants need to be taken care of as well:

  • Regular tooth-brushing with a soft-bristled brush
  • Cleaning around the implant with floss or other methods such as interbrushes
  • Routine check-up with your dental professional Dental Implants can be placed in most adults, however, to find out more about whether this is a suitable treatment option for you – speak to your dental health professional today
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