How Good Is Your Oral Hygiene Routine?

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Your teeth can have a big effect on your appearance and confidence. Having the right oral hygiene routine is essential in keeping your teeth healthy. We understand that not everyone knows what the ideal oral hygiene routine should look like. In this post, we give you some tips on how to establish a good routine for your oral health.

Brush Your Teeth

● Brush your teeth for 2 minutes, spending an equal amount of time in each quadrant of your mouth.
● Hold your brush at a 45-degree angle pointed towards the gums.
● Brush all surfaces of your teeth.
● Brush your teeth twice a day.

For best results, we recommend you use a fluoride-based toothpaste and a good toothbrush (standard or electric). Brushing is an important part of your oral hygiene as it removes plaque and stimulates your gums, preventing gum disease.

Use Dental Floss

● Use a good dental floss that is recommended by your dentist.
● Floss once a day.
● Don’t forget to floss the back of your mouth.
● To properly floss, wrap each end around your finger and insert it gently between your teeth.
● While flossing, follow the curve of your teeth to avoid damaging your gums.
● Repeat this procedure for each tooth.

Note: If you have bridges or braces, the type of floss required may be different than the store bought ones. Consult your dental specialist for a recommended dental floss product.

Rinse With Mouthwash

● After brushing and flossing your teeth, rinse your mouth with mouthwash.
● For proper usage, take a small sip and swoosh it around your mouth for 40-60 seconds. Spit the mouthwash out when complete.

Clean Your Tongue To Improve Breath

Most toothbrushes have a tongue cleaner opposite the brush area. However, for the best results, we recommend having an appropriate tongue scraper. To use the tongue scraper, brush it gently against your tongue. Rinse with water once complete.

Our Tips For Optimal Oral Hygiene

● Visit your dental hygienist regularly for check-ups and cleaning. We recommend an appointment every 6 months.

● When using the above oral hygiene routine, examine your mouth to make sure there are no abnormalities.

● Eat a healthy and balanced diet recommended by your dentist.

An important part of having a good oral hygiene routine is understanding what your oral needs are. Having regular check-ups by a specialized dental hygienist is necessary to keep your oral health in check.

If you have any questions about your oral hygiene routine or need a check-up, Victoria Street Dental is a Wellington dentist offering a number of dental services. Contact us today to request more information or to book an appointment.

I have a cavity? But I don’t feel anything….

One common reaction we regularly get at a dental office is patients are often surprised to find out that they have a cavity. Personally been in that same position myself, and understand the disbelief! When showing a patient their cavity on our HD screens the common response is “but it doesn’t hurt”. While early cavities can sometimes lead to tooth aches, majority of them do not.

Picture a completely rusted car in a junkyard. The corrosion began as a small spot that eventually spread to destroy the car’s body. Tooth decay is very similar, slow process that begins as a small cavity which if left untreated, can worsen to eventually destroy the tooth. A cavity is essentially an acid burn caused by bacterial by-products sitting on and in between your teeth. This is not something that happens overnight, but takes many months and in some cases years to develop into something that we can see or feel.

How does a cavity form?

To simplify things, cavity requires 3 factors for it to develop:

  1. Tooth
  2. Diet (Carbohydrates)
  3. Bacteria

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Essentially once you have all 3 factors present for a period of time it will lead to the formation of a cavity. Cavities first burn into the outer enamel of the tooth which is often painless and undetectable with the naked eye. As time progress, it will progress deeper to affect the next layer of the tooth known as dentine. You may begin to feel problem at this point. However, you often won’t until the cavity burns into the deeper part of the dentine and eventually into the nerve leading to a tooth abscess.

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Treatment for a tooth cavity

Small cavity that are detected early are often treated with a simple filling with minimal risk. This can only be accomplished with regularly dental examination and x-rays as they can often go undetected due to no pain or sensitivity. With bigger cavity that have not quite reach the nerve yet, these may require a crown for treatment as there is limited tooth structure to adequately support a simple filling. However, because the cavity is deep there is a greater risk the nerve may go unsettle and require a root canal treatment. Finally, once the cavity has exposed the nerve the fate of the tooth is either a root canal treatment to decontaminate the tooth or worse case scenario the removal of the tooth. That is why it is important not to wait until you’re in pain to visit the dentist.

Take home message

In short, early detection with x-rays is an important aspect of cavity diagnosis. Don’t wait until you experience pain to visit the dentist. What could be caught as a small cavity requiring a routine filling can become a much more complicated and expensive problem if it is allowed to grow.

Book in with Victoria Street Dental for you check up today!

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