Drinking six to eight glasses of tap water a day, brushing you teeth twice a day, using dental floss daily and visiting a dentist will set you on the right path to good oral health.
If you require more information on how to access a dentist - speak to your GP.
5 Tips for Good Oral Health
- Use a soft toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste
- Brush your teeth after meals and snacks to prevent acid build up and tooth decay
- Floss each time after cleaning your teeth
- Always take out false teeth before you go to bed
- Soak your false teeth in Steradent / Polident at least two times per week
How to Prevent Gum DiseasePlaque can irritate our gums and lead to gum disease which in its early stages can make gums bleed when brushing and flossing. It may also cause gums to become red and puffy (called gingivitis).
Regular brushing and flossing can help prevent gum disease. Using dental floss is the best way to remove plaque from in-between teeth. Use dental floss each time after cleaning your teeth.
Eliminating Dry Mouth'Dry mouth' means a decrease in the flow of saliva causing the mouth to become dry.
'Dry mouth' can be cause by dehydration, drinking coffee, drinking alcohol, smoking, suffering from anxiety or stress and some medications.
If you have a dry mouth, you may experience one or more of the following symptoms:
- A sore throat
- Dry, tingling or burning sensation of the tongue or mouth
- Difficulty swallowing
- Dry, cracked lips or sores and split skin at the corners of the mouth
- Drinking 6-8 glasses of tap water per day
- Chewing on sugar-free chewing gum
- Talking to your GP or a chemist about which toothpaste may be best for you to use
- Limiting consumption of alcohol and caffeinated drinks such as tea, coffee and soft drinks
- Look for saliva substitutes at your local pharmacy
Healthy Snacks for your TeethDental decay has been linked to sweet and acidic foods.
Plaque bacteria in the mouth change sweet food into acid, which causes decay.
It is important to reduce the number of times per day that decay producing foods and drinks are consumed.
Drinks of water and milk are acceptable between meals because they reduce acid on the teeth.
Tooth friendly snacks include:
- Rice cakes
- Dry biscuits
- Raw vegetables
- Sweetened drinks such as juice, cordial, sports drinks
- Food such as honey, jam, lollies and muesli bars