There’s more to good oral hygiene than simply brushing our teeth after every meal. This surprises most people as this is often all that we’re told since we were little. We’d like to think that’s all it means apart from the occasional visit to the dentist when our tooth starts to ache. Unfortunately, that just isn’t the case.
Now the only time we usually stop and think about our oral hygiene is when we are reminded the condition of our teeth. Dental problems may already be affecting your appearance. However it doesn’t take an expert on advanced oral hygiene to realise that taking better care of our teeth means having to deal with fewer dental treatments – tooth extractions, fillings, dental implants, etc.
Typical advice from your friendly dental hygienist
If you’ve ever been out to see a dental hygienist in North Sydney then you’d know all too well the consequences of brushing aside good oral hygiene. After all the scaling and polishing, your attention may have been drawn to any dental cavities in your teeth. These of course will need to be properly filled by your dentist. Tooth fillings can cost anywhere from $100 to $1000 depending on the severity of the problem. If a tooth is in very bad shape, a root canal treatment can be done but will surely cost you a heck of alot more. Not to mention the pain and discomfort that you’d have to go through.
Simply put, dental hygiene is more of a preventive measure as opposed to keeping your smile looking clean and beautiful (although that’s always a good thing). If you dread a life filled with oral diseases and pain, you’d do well to seriously consider taking measures to prevent them. Such measures oare easy and relatively inexpensive steps towards maintaining healthy teeth and gums.
Preventive dentistry and dental hygiene
- Brush and floss regularly; dental hygienists often stress its importance as a preventive dental treatment. In a day, it is recommended that people brush their teeth twice and floss at least once regularly. Doing so will not only keep your teeth looking clean but prevent plaque formation which is the root cause of tooth decay and gum-related oral diseases.
- Easy on the sugar; too much sweets can again boost plaque formation in the teeth not to mention that it’s a risk factor for uncontrollable weight gain. Hence making a conscious effort to reduce your sugar intake may benefit your body in more ways than one.
- Break the habit; while smoking and alcohol doesn’t affect the teeth directly, the same thing cannot be said about gum tissues and the rest of your mouth. As a matter of fact, oral cancer has been linked to tobacco use in countless case studies.
- See your dentist at least once a year; perhaps the most important part of maintaining good dental hygiene. Only a dentist can keep you ahead of any potential dental problems before it crops up. Most people only see a dentist when they’re already having problems with their teeth which is totally backwards. For one thing, only a dentist can give your teeth a thorough cleaning. The kind of cleaning you simply can’t replicate at home no matter how much you brush and floss your teeth.
If you are predisposed to cavities or gum disease, you may need to see your dentist more often (at least 3 times a year). In any case, seeing a dental expert will go a long way in keeping your teeth and gums healthy. Most dental hygienists would agree that it’s the biggest step that you can take towards maintaining good dental hygiene.
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