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    How can I improve my overall oral health?

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  • Try to brush your teeth after every meal,.this is almost impossible . If you have a small pack of floss around . Try and floss . Have a  small mouthwash container with you . Sometimes you can wipe your teeth with a wet tissue bathed in mouthwash  . Concentrate in wiping your gumline more so then your upper face of your teeth .  Your diet is important . Reduce sugar in take . Try to drink  your beverages quickly without sipping for any  extended time…unless its water .
     I will mention flossing again .  There is a method . It is very effective over time for many health benefits . Regular visits to your dentist !!!! will check for abnormalities or oral health issues .
     Your oral health can be a very important sign to your general health . Your dentist can pick up problems both oral and general health issues EARLY ! EARLY ! before …..I don't need to remind you . 6 MONTHLY VISITS TO THE DENTIST . A great place to pick up oral health issues . We might even be able to save your social life . We will check for presence or causes of bad breath.
     Lets cure bad breath problems . After all rarely can you smell your own breath .
     

  • Poor oral hygiene invites plaque to accumulate around the base of your teeth and gum line, causing your gums to become red and inflamed.“Plaque is the bacteria-laden film that, if allowed to accumulate on teeth and gums, will cause tooth decay and gum disease .If you neglect the care of your teeth at home and fail to go to the dentist regularly, accumulated plaque could potentially lead to the development of empty spaces around your teeth. These spaces could eventually lead to the destruction of bone and other fragile tissues supporting your teeth, and you could lose your teeth.The good news is that being diligent about your dental health care and getting regular dental checkups can prevent plaque from forming and even reverse early gum disease. ”A plaque-free mouth is a healthy mouth. Along with regular dental checkups, “proper bushing and flossing are the only effective ways I know of preventing plaque buildup.
    Dentists can also detect lesions in your mouth that can be a sign of general health .
    The message is ,visit your dentist regularly ! He can offer you tips and techniques for better long lasting oral health

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    Dr Gary Adno of Adno Dental in Edgecliff offers a full range of general, cosmetic and family dentisty. Dr Adno prides himself in providing high … View Profile

    The most effective way to having a healthy mouth:

    1. Brushing twice a day for around 2 minutes each time. Remember to replace your toothbrush at least every 3 months or earlier if the bristles are frayed.
    2. Use a fluoride tooth paste – fluoride helps prevents tooth decay and strengthens tooth enamel.
    3. Floss daily – flossing removes food from in between your teeth where the toothbrush bristles cannot reach.Plaque, which is a film of bacteria that forms on our teeth and gums daily, needs to be removed by brushing and flossing.
    4. Brush your tongue or use a tongue scraper – this will help to remove food particles and bacteria which could cause bad breath
    5. Good Diet – remember to limit sugary foods and eat a well-balanced diet. Try to limit snacks between meals. Drink lots of water.
    6. Do Not smoke - smoking is directly related to gum disease.

    7. Chewing sugar free gum helps to stimulate saliva which is our bodies’ natural defence against tooth decay. Saliva helps to wash away food particles, it neutralizes plaque acids and helps remineralise tooth enamel.
    8. Visit your dentist 6 monthly – regular dental check-ups and cleans help to prevent dental problems .

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    Jaffar Dental - Trusted and Established since 1997. We are a family owned General Dental Practice offering a friendly and caring environment in Waterford QLD. … View Profile

    Brush 2-3 times a day.
    Use dental floss after brushing at night.
    Visit the dentist for check up and clean every six months.
    Stop smoking.
    Minise consumption of acidic and sugary drinks

  • Welcome to Just Dental Care. “We do CARE”. We provide quality care and affordable dentistry to you and your family. We provide a comprehensive range … View Profile

    At Just Dental Care, we believe that to improve your overall oral health you need to consider you oral hygiene, diet, frequency of grazing, the types of medications that you may be on, and how often you visit your dentist for regular check ups and cleans.

    To improve your oral health regular twice daily brushing, and flossing is important. This helps to remove any residual food between your teeth. Mouthwash that contains chlorhexididine e.g colgate plax, savacol is beneficial as an adjunct to physical cleaning. Mouthwash should be used at least 3 times a week just before you sleep so that it the mouthwash stays on your teeth as long as possible.


    Diet is another important consideration. If you consume lots of sugary or acidic foods you increase your chances of getting tooth decay. It is also better to snack less frequently if possible in order to reduce the amount of acid being created in your mouth over time.
    We advise to drink lots of water and milk (if not  lactose intolerant) and to chew sugar free gum to stimulate saliva flow. If you must drink soft drinks, drink it through a straw.


    Some medications can cause you to get a dry mouth, which increases the chances of getting tooth decay. Products like Biotene and GC Dry mouth can help.

    At Just Dental Care we advise regular 6 monthly dental visits. This means that you have a professional caring for your oral health. We will ensure your gums and teeth remain clean, and that you are free of dental decay.


    If you would like to know more, contact us 07 38633604 or visit www.justdentalcare.com.au 

  • FIRST Address the causes of poor oral health; principally these are dental plaque accumulation, solved by thorough toothbrushing, flossing and toothpicking; smoking and alcohol consumption. Diet is a major factor in good or poor oral health with simple carbohydrates and especially sucrose (cane sugar) playing a major role in plaque proliferation and tooth decay and gum disease.  SECOND go and see a dentist and  have your teeth checked and x-rayed and get your tooth decay and gum disease under control. 

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