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Professional Advice

Caring for your teeth every day is essential to achieve and maintain good oral health. Daily routine activities like brushing and flossing are have a major impact on your dental state and overall health. A healthy mouth doesn’t only mean that you gain control in retaining your teeth for like and avoiding dental problems like toothaches, it also means that you’re entire body is benefiting from a mouth that is free of harmful bacteria and germs.
Scientific evidence tells us that there are links between dental disease and many other diseases that can be exacerbated by an unhealthy mouth and poor oral hygiene such as diabetes, heart disease, arthritis, kidney diseases, liver diseases, lung infections, gastric reflux, erectile dysfunction, pre-term babies, multiple sclerosis and osteoporosis. If you or someone you care about has one or more of these pre-existing medical conditions, it is very important that they establish a good relationship with and visit a dental professional regularly.
The dentists at St Clair Dental, Adelaide encourage you to become more aware about your own teeth and try to incorporate the following advice into your daily life to create a healthier and happier smile, not only for yourself – though everyone in your family.

Personal Oral hygiene

Personal hygiene includes oral hygiene routines. Cleaning your teeth twice daily with fluoridated toothpaste is the cheapest and easiest way you can gain control over your dental health. These daily routines are essential to protect your teeth and gums against dental diseases.

    • Cleaning your teeth in the evening before going to sleep is more important that cleaning them in the morning. Allocate 4 minutes to your daily dental routine in the evening and 2 minutes to your morning hygiene routine for
    • Increase your daily intake of drinking tap water. Water of course will keep you hydrated but also improves the quality of your saliva that plays a vital role in protecting your teeth.
    • Swish a mouth full of tap water around your mouth after drinking beverages. This helps to neutralise the ph level in your mouth that becomes acidic after drinking softdrink, fruit juices, sports drinks and alcohol.
    • Limit snacking of sweets and biscuits to meal times only, the more times during the day your teeth have food particles laying around on them, the more susceptible your teeth are to decay
    • Flossing removes food particles from between your teeth and disturbs plaque that falls down underneath your gums, if you have large gaps in between your teeth where food gets trapped, then interdental brushes instead. Ask our gentle dentist about the special brushes at your next visit.
    • Replace your toothbrush every 3 months for as soon as the bristles start to wear out
    • Smoking dramatically impacts your oral health by masking symptoms and impairs the functions of cells that otherwise would provide nutrients to the soft tissues in your mouth. Reduce your risk of developing oral cancers and gum disease by preparing to quit today. The caring dentist at St Clair Dental endorse the support that Quit Line offer’s to double your chance in success to be able to quit for life.
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    • Toothaches and dental infections do not go away by themselves. Your body cannot resolve these types of infections on its own and do require professional care and attention.
    • Contact the dentists at Woodville, as soon as you feel that you are beginning to have a dental problem – don’t let it go on for months and months while the disease progresses

Dental care in babies

  • Start cleaning your baby’s teeth as soon as the first tooth appears with a soft washcloth or gauze. Wipe the front and back of each tooth twice a day, this will help them get used to the texture and action of tooth cleaning from an early age.
  • Start infants on a soft toothbrush at 12 months and brush your child’s teeth with water only until 18 months of age
  • Introduce children’s (low fluoridated) toothpaste from the age of 18mths & only smear a small amount onto the bristles.
  • Avoid use of the dummy after your baby is 12 months old & don’t allow children to share dummies. Overuse or incorrect use of dummies can cause several dental problems such as breathing through the mouth instead of nose, incorrect positioning of teeth and speech problems.
  • Lift their upper lip and inspect teeth from the age of 2 yrs regularly for any white or brown spots. Children’s enamel is very thin and decay can spread dangerously quickly. If you do notice any white or brown spots, see one of the gentle dentists at St Clair quickly for a brief consultation.

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