The quality and consistency of oral hygiene routines between dental visits will determine how well your mouth looks, feels and smells each day. Good oral hygiene is essential for the health of your mouth and your whole body, throughout life.
Dental plaque needs to be physically removed. Correct brushing and flossing routines may be taught and practiced until one becomes skilled at the correct technique. However, maintaining the consistency of oral hygiene, (that is, practicing the correct technique and routine twice a day, day in, day out, and as the mouth changes over time), is considerably more difficult. This is what the majority of people, worldwide, find challenging and why regular professional oral hygiene visits are of value.
Sounds simple. Stand in front of the bathroom mirror to be able to focus, watch and follow what you are doing. Floss first (use interdental brushes to help, if advised). Then brush the teeth, for 2-3 minutes, with a soft toothbrush, and fluoride toothpaste. Finally, scrape clean the surface of the tongue with a toothbrush or a tongue scraper and rinse your mouth thoroughly twice a day, each day, every day.
Brushing and flossing are manual tasks. Most people will find it difficult to replicate these tasks exactly, each and every time over the long term.
Regular dental visits, at our practice, can support you in maintaining consistency in your oral hygiene routine and oral health, over the long term. At certain times in life, for some people, professional hygiene appointments may need to be more frequent than the usual interval of once every 6 months. People may build up tartar at different rates or have additional health concerns. When tartar (mineralized dental plaque and debris) has formed on teeth, it cannot be removed with a toothbrush.
Only professional cleans can remove surface stains and tartar build up from teeth. We can achieve this thoroughly and comfortably, leaving your mouth feeling fresh and clean. You will then be able to clean your teeth more thoroughly yourself too. Gums can become healthy and free from inflammation and bleeding. If you have gum disease, we may recommend referral to a specialist Periodontist for deep cleanings and work with them to coordinate specific review intervals for you.
At Melbourne Dentistry, Dr. Maria can help you refine and refocus your home plaque removal routine, particularly around complex dental work or other challenging areas. With motivational advice and tips to improve on your current routine, we can help you your keep your mouth healthy.
How confusing is it trying to decide between the multitude of options available on supermarket and pharmacy shelves? Specific types of actions, toothbrushes, toothpastes, flossing materials, interdental cleaning tools, tongue cleaners, mouth rinses and appliance cleaners – the choices seem endless!
We individually prescribe teeth cleaning aids for each of our patients. A program specifically designed for you, will enable you to access all areas of your mouth and make your home care routine much easier. Tailoring these options to your needs will help you choose the right tools and know how to use them.
Additional tips for how to correctly maintain teeth cleaning aids and when and why replacements are indicated are of value in order to achieve optimal results from your home care routine.
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