Looking after your teeth is an important part of daily life – and is vital for maintaining a healthy, glowing smile! There are many ways that you can look after your teeth at home, while ensuring you have regular check-ups with a dentist to make sure everything is in check. Tooth decay is the breakdown of the enamel that protects your teeth, and one of the biggest problems that dentists see.

We’ve put together some of the top tips that dentists recommend to ensure your teeth stay strong and decay-free.

1. The basics: brush twice a day

Most people know this one – brushing your teeth twice a day is the best way to protect your teeth by keeping them clean morning and night, and taking care of any bacteria. Our teeth go through a lot each day with eating, drinking, mouth movement, and perhaps even grinding – so we need to guarantee that they are properly cleaned.

2. Flossing isn’t just an option

Think that flossing is just something that health fanatics do? Not quite! Flossing is just as important as brushing when it comes to caring for your teeth. The number 1 reason why people lose their teeth is gum disease. Flossing daily prevents gum disease. Brushing your teeth helps to get rid of bacteria and other nasties on the surface of your teeth, but even the best toothbrush cannot clean in between your teeth and gums. That’s why flossing is vital: it gets in the spots that your toothbrush can’t, making sure your mouth is getting a complete clean.

3. Rinse with fluoride mouthwash

Not all mouthwash is good for your teeth or mouth. Always chat to your dentist about the best mouthwash to use, as some are too acidic or sugary to do any good for your teeth. Try to find a dentist recommended mouthwash that contains fluoride.

4. Eat balanced meals and avoid bad food and drinks

One of the best ways to avoid tooth decay is to focus on a balanced diet full of nutritious meals. That means a diet full in fruit vegetables, and protein while moderating those foods that are high in sugar such as soft drink and sweets.

5. Visit your dentist regularly

Decay does not hurt until the cavity is very deep and close to the nerve. By visiting your dentist regularly, you can discover and treat problems before they cause pain and turn into a costlier treatment. Gum disease does not cause pain in most cases and it leads to tooth loss if not treated and stabilised. Visiting your dentist regularly is the best form to stop decay from progressing and preventing larger problems. There are several different ways that dentists can seal, protect and rehabilitate, and stabilize teeth and gums.

6. Drink lots of water

Water is the best liquid for your teeth, tongue and mouth. We know it’s important to drink up to two litres of water per day for our general health, and the same goes for your teeth. Drinking fluoridated water is also a great way to keep your teeth strong and healthy.

At Balmain Dentist, Dr Flora Galoustian offers general consultations and dentistry, cosmetic dentistry services, and orthodontics. She can help you take great care of your teeth, and offer tips and tricks to ensure they remain healthy and strong. Get in touch with the team at Balmain Dentist today to book in a consultation.

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