At what age should children begin brushing their teeth?
You should begin brushing a young child’s teeth as soon as the first baby tooth erupts, using water and a grain-sized amount of baby toothpaste. Flossing can begin once your child’s teeth begin touching.
What can I do about bad breath?
Bad breath, or halitosis, is commonly caused by poor oral hygiene. Food particles that are not removed from the mouth break down, producing sulphur compounds which have an unpleasant odour. Bad breath can be remedied by:
- Brushing your teeth twice a day, flossing regularly, and using a mouthwash after each brushing session;
- Brushing your tongue- a tongue scraper can also be quite helpful, as bacteria and food particles tend to fester on the tongue;
- Properly cleaning dentures/bridges/mouthguards on a daily basis- this prevents a bacteria build-up from being retransferred to the mouth;
- Limiting the consumption of garlic, onions, and spicy and sugary foods;
- Sipping on water throughout the day to keep your mouth moist (dry mouth can cause bad breath).
At what age should wisdom teeth be extracted?
Ideally, wisdom teeth should be removed when a patient is between the ages of 17-25, to minimise any risk of complications and to ensure a faster recovery period. However, with that said, wisdom teeth can still be successfully extracted at a later stage, or even an earlier one should the need arise. Wisdom teeth are generally extracted when:
- They are impacted- that is, they remain trapped in your jawbone or gum causing pain and discomfort;
- They erupt at an awkward angle, putting pressure on the nearby teeth;
- There is insufficient space in your jaw to accommodate these wisdom teeth;
- Your wisdom teeth are unhealthy as a result of decay or cavities.
Why is visiting the dentist so important?
Regular trips to come and see us are vital to maintaining your oral health and helping us to treat any issues before they become more severe. Regular check-ups can help prevent tooth decay, protect against the onset of periodontitis which is responsible for tooth loss, prevent bad breath and give you a healthier, more attractive smile. Make your appointment today to secure your oral health.
Oral and general health have also been found to be linked, this will also help you to keep your body healthy and free of other concerns that are caused by poor oral hygiene.
My teeth feel fine. Do I still need to see a dentist?
Absolutely. You see, while your teeth may feel fine, there are a host of issues that may still exist without you even knowing about them. The reason being that these concerns are almost impossible to detect on your own and require a trained professional to diagnose and treat them effectively. If we can find a cavity in its early stages it can save you the time and money of having to receive root canals, dental implants, gum surgery and other treatments. We also give your teeth a deep clean with dental instruments that are designed to reach places that regular brushing and flossing cannot.
How can I take care of my teeth between dental check-ups?
There are a few age-old rules that you need to follow in order to maintain your oral and dental health while you are away from us. The first and most important is to brush your teeth and tongue at least twice a day or after meals and to floss at least once.
Make sure that you are using toothpaste that contains fluoride and check with us whether or not you may need a fluoride rinse. And avoid, where possible, foods and drinks that contain a lot of sugar.
Why is it important to drink water?
Drinking water that contains fluoride can help to prevent tooth decay from occurring. It is recommended that you drink water after each meal as it flushes food particles out of your mouth and helps maintain your healthy teeth.
Some of the benefits of drinking water include:
- Can prevent and treat headaches
- May help with preventing kidney stones
- Forms saliva and mucus
Why should I start chewing sugar-free gum after every meal?
Chewing sugar-free gum after every meal can prompt your mouth to produce more saliva which aids in preventing decay-causing acid attacks.
How can I maintain my healthy teeth?
The three most important tips for maintaining your health teeth are:
- Limit all sugary treats to mealtime rather than snacking on them during the day
- Drink water that contains fluoride
- Chew sugar-free gum after every meal