Whether you are looking for oral hygiene advice for your child or for yourself, this preventative dental health advice is essential for all ages and stages of development (excluding newborns and babies who are yet to have their teeth come in).
If you’ve any questions about these dental health tips, or require further oral health advice for a specific issue you’re having, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us. As one of the best dentists Sunshine Coast has to offer, we go above and beyond for our clients and are more than happy to answer any queries you may have prior and during your dental check-up appointment.
We’ve been operating for a long time, and thus, we understand going to the dentist can be a stressful experience for many people, especially young children. With this in mind, we do our best to instil peace-of-mind, aiming to make our clients (no matter their age) as comfortable and worry-free as possible.
What is Preventative Dentistry?
This is the practice of caring correctly for your teeth to avoid cavities, gum disease, enamel damage and other dental issues. Good preventative dentistry identifies tooth fractures and cracks before your teeth are beyond repair.
STEP 1: How to BRUSH your teeth properly
Brush teeth morning and night after eating. This practice should be instilled in children from an early age, and is something we should all be doing without fail as adults.
Make sure you brush with a toothpaste that contains an adequate amount of fluoride and not some cheap low-quality toothpaste.
Don’t forget to brush your tongue scrubbing off the build-up, along with brushing off the walls of your mouth to keep bacteria at bay.
Replace your brush or brush head at the VERY least three times a year. Our dentists recommend you do this every quarter to comply with your preventative, good oral health regime.
Step 2: How to Floss Teeth Correctly
Daily flossing is recommended as it helps clean out the tight spaces between the teeth.
If you have braces, you may need to use floss “bottle brushes” to access the spaces between the metal brackets that are difficult to get into.
During your family dentist appointment at Mooloolaba Dental or Swell Dental, your dentist would be happy to give you and your child a “floss drill” demonstration to make sure everyone is flossing correctly. If you’d like to take advantage of this flossing oral health advice demo, please don’t hesitate to ask your dentist during your appointment, they’ll be happy to accommodate your request.
Such a demonstration, when presented by a professional, can be especially effective for young children just starting to learn about oral healthcare.
Step 3: Maintain Regular Dentist check-Up Appointments
For spot-on preventative dentistry you should be visiting a good dentist you can trust every six months.
During regular dentist appointments your teeth are deep cleaned, making sure that the plague build-up and tartar is removed, and any immediate problems or burgeoning problems are identified. Early detection of oral health problems often means you can avoid requiring expensive procedures carried out further down the track when the issue has worsened.
When you visit our dentists near Kawana, Mountain Creek and Maroochydore, your oral health benefits from our use (as needed) of dental sealants and topical fluoride treatments which stave off tooth decay. Many of our young patients enter adulthood with a cavity-free set of teeth thanks to our penchant for going above-and-beyond.
Don’t forget to look into dental insurance. Certain dental insurance packages cover 2 preventative dentist check-up appointments annually, so shop around and do your homework before making a decision on what dental insurance cover to go with.
General Oral Health Advice for How to Maintain Healthy Teeth
- Limit sugar intake – sugar is the main perpetrator when it comes to tooth decay.
- Cut back on simple carbs – white bread, pasta and rice will break down quickly and create the bad bacteria that wreak havoc with your enamel and gums.
- Water, water, water – keep hydrated! Water will also flush out bacteria that would otherwise eat away at your tooth enamel.
- Viva vitamins – Vitamins A, B, C, D and E are your mouth’s best buddies. If you have a balanced diet then these should be in the food you eat. Vitamin C, for example, is essential in maintaining firm gums and Vitamin D is essential for healthy bone growth.
Book your Next Dentist Appointment near Kawana in Mooloolaba
Most dental hygiene and oral health issues can be prevented through early detection at Mooloolaba Dental and Swell Dental, your local family dentists near Kawana, Mountain Creek and Maroochydore. Book your next dentist appointment at one of our clinics along Brisbane Rd today.
Finding a good dentist on the Sunshine Coast in your area who you can rely on is essential. That’s where we come in. If you work or live in Mooloolaba, or nearby in the surrounding suburbs of Alex Heads, Maroochydore, Mountain Creek or Kawana, call our dental clinic and discover why we’re one of the best dentists Sunshine Coast has to offer.