Dental Health Week
7-13 August is Dental Health Week. This year’s theme is ‘Oral Health For Busy Lives’. No matter how busy you are or where you are in life, it is possible to fit caring for your teeth and gums into an already-overcrowded diary.
There are 4 simple steps you can take to ensure you maintain healthy teeth and gums – brush twice a day using fluoride toothpaste, use floss daily, eat healthy and have less sugary food and drinks, and have regular dental check ups.
STEP 1 – Brush twice a day, using fluoride toothpaste
• Brush your teeth for at least 2 minutes, twice a day.
• Use a soft-bristled toothbrush with small head and flexible neck.
• Clean teeth systematically, holding toothbrush at gumline at a 45 degree angle.
• Don’t press too hard – too much pressure can damage gums and teeth enamel.
• Choose a toothpaste with fluoride and replace your toothbrush every 3 months.
STEP 2 – Use floss at least once a day
• Make flossing part of your oral hygiene regime.
• Floss for at least once a day.
• Ask your dentist to demonstrate the correct flossing technique.
• Ask your dentist if interdental aids will complement your flossing.
• Your children should floss too, start as soon as your child has two teeth that touch.
STEP 3 – Eat healthy and have less sugary drinks and food
• Limit your sugar intake as it is the single-biggest cause of tooth decay.
• Fluoridated tap water is best.
• Read ingredients panel on food products as many have hidden sugars.
• Choose teeth friendly foods such as cheese, nuts and vegetables.
• Avoid snacking and grazing.
STEP 4 – Have regular dental check-ups
• Make sure you visit your dentist regularly at least once a year.
• Regular dental check-ups are essential to maintaining good oral health.
• Dentist’s can check for problems that you might not see or feel, like early signs of tooth decay and gum disease.