Have you ever thought about teeth straightening? Here are some of the benefits in doing so!
- Crowded or widely spaced teeth can often be hard to clean and therefore can lead to a higher risk of dental decay or gum problems. With correct alignment, cleaning, flossing and oral hygiene routines are a lot easier!
- The mouth is a window to the rest of your body. Keeping a healthy mouth ensures your overall general health is good too.
- There is less chance of trauma or tooth injury if teeth are correctly aligned
- A great smile is always worth showing off, therefore you’ll definitely have an improvement in self-esteem and happiness!
As you may have heard the mouth ‘serves as a window to the body’. This means that many signs noted in the oral cavity may further explain a general health condition or disorder occurring.
For example; changes to the composition/appearance of teeth may indicate bulimia or anorexia, ulcerative oral lesions may be a sign of cancer or HIV infections and colour and texture of your gums may reflect the health of your blood.
For a while now research has been conducted to prove that links between general health and dental health are linked. Certain bacteria from the mouth can cause infection in other parts of the body and vice versa.
The best way to ensure you have the best oral health is by having regular check-ups with your dental professional, performing good oral hygiene techniques, drinking plenty of water and keeping a healthy diet!
A mouthguard is a device used to prevent oral injuries to the teeth, mouth, cheek, tongue and jaw.
Without the use of a mouthguard, common injuries such as chipped or broken teeth, fractured crowns, lip/cheek injuries, root damage to the teeth and fractured jaws can occur.
Mouthguards are required for all sports where an individual may be at risk of incidental contact. Benefits of using a professionally made mouthguard as opposed to a store-bought is that it provides the individual with a better fit and seal specific to their teeth. There are heaps of different colours to choose from as well!
Are you at high risk of dental decay? Research shows that using toothpaste with a high amount of fluoride when applied to the teeth can assist with protection and prevention against dental decay.
Colgate NeutraFluor 5000 contains a high concentration of fluoride and is often recommended by your doctor or dental health professional. This toothpaste is used in place of your regular toothpaste, however you should not eat, drink or rinse for 30 minutes after for best results.
Colgate Neutrafluor must be prescribed by your dental professional, therefore speak to yours today in regards to whether this toothpaste can help you in the prevention of dental decay!
Each tooth has five surfaces: brushing only cleans three of these surfaces (the front, back, and biting surface) whereas flossing cleans the remaining two (the sides of the tooth adjacent to neighbouring teeth).
Floss is a string-like structure that helps remove acid-producing bacterial biofilm aka plaque from the sides of the tooth that are inaccessible by the bristles of your brush. The buildup of plaque can lead to cavities and also early gum inflammation aka gingivitis. If gingivitis is left untreated, periodontitis may occur causing destruction of gums and bone, leading to loosening of teeth.
The Do’s of flossing:
- Get a 15cm to 18cm (approx. elbow length) long piece of floss and wrap it around your fingers
- Use your index finger and thumb to manoeuvre the floss between your teeth to make a C-shape against one side of the tooth
- Move the floss up and down gently between the gum and the tooth
- Don’t forget to make a C-shape to adapt the floss on the neighbouring tooth
- Floss before you brush your teeth at least once a day
The Don’ts of flossing:
- Do not use a see-sawing motion (back-and-forth) to floss your gums. This will damage the edges of your gums.
- Do not stop flossing if you see bleeding. This bleeding means that your gums are inflamed from plaque buildup.
- Flossing cannot remove hardened dental plaque aka calculus
If you are having any problems with number 2 and 3, do make an appointment with your dentist or dental hygienist for a professional clean every 6 months and a comprehensive screening for periodontitis.