We like to treat our patients as we would treat our family and friends. On arrival, you are offered a cup of tea or coffee and you will have your own care nurse to look after you while you are in the practice – where possible it’s the same dental nurse on every visit. Our preventive approach is integral to everything we do and at every routine dental appointment you will be given a 13 point dental health examination which checks all aspects of the health of your teeth, gums and tongue, including a mouth cancer screening.
Healthy Habit no.1 – More water please!
We all know that water is a must when it comes to a good diet and glowing skin but there’s more to water than promoting healthy eating and hydration. Drinking water rinses away food particles and any lingering bacteria in your mouth. It won’t replace the need to brush or floss, but the zero sugar content makes it the best drink for teeth full stop.
Healthy Habit no.2 – Floss is boss
You’ve probably heard our hygienist say it a 100 times but it really is important to floss between your teeth. Imagine if you only cleaned the front of your car each time you washed it? It is the same principle for when you clean your teeth. If you only brush the front of your teeth, you’re reaching less that 50% of the tooth surfaces. Even the smallest gaps between teeth can trap food and harbour bacteria which causes decay.
Healthy Habit no.3 – Change that brush
If you can’t remember the last time you changed your toothbrush it’s probably about time! Bacteria builds up on bristles over time and ‘splayed’ or misshaped bristles will not be as effective. Avoid putting old germs back in your mouth and get yourself a new brush at least every three to four months. If you’ve had a cold or ‘flu, be rid of your toothbrush straightaway.
Healthy Habit No 4 – Five a day Fruit and Veg,
particularly greens and crunchy vegetables such as celery and carrots are full of vitamins and minerals including Iron, Vitamin C and D which help maintain healthy teeth and bones. Lots of creative snacks can be made out of these as an alternative to sticky, sweet treats.
Healthy Habit no. 5 – Your teeth aren’t bottle openers
Our teeth are really strong. In fact, enamel is the strongest substance in the body, but it doesn’t mean that our teeth are un-breakable. Your teeth help you chew food and speak – they were not made for chewing pencils, pens or opening bottles which can cause irreparable damage to your teeth and jaw.
Although these five easy habits won’t keep your teeth healthy on their own, along with regular dental health examinations with us here at The Bay Dental and instructions on proper flossing and brushing techniques you’ll be well on the way to healthy teeth and gums in no time!
My dream to have a lovely smile has been achieved thanks to Mr Mooney and his team. They offered a professional and friendly service. I was kept informed of the different steps involved from start to finish. I now smile with confidence, thank-you.