Simple ways to avoid tooth decay & gum diseases at home:
- Drink & swill water after eating or drinking to remove acids and restore pH levels
- Brush twice daily for at least 2 minutes using circular, 45 degree movements
- Floss daily & ensure you are flossing properly under the gums where brushing can’t reach
- Reduce sugary drinks & snacks from your diet, sugars feed bacteria in your mouth
- Increase mineral rich foods found in natural dairy & vegetables, they strengthen teeth
- Visit the dentist & hygienist in order to prevent the spread of bacteria & decay by removing built up areas
Flossing and Brushing Instructions
To help you maintain your teeth & gums, we suggest that you follow these daily, simple & important dental health tasks:
This helps clean in between the teeth where the tooth brush bristles can’t reach.
Before brushing & after main meals. Within about 10-15 minutes of finishing eating. Spend about 1 minute flossing, it is just as important as brushing.
After rinsing your mouth with water, use a forearm length of dental floss or a flossing tool to remove food from between teeth and around the gums. Do not snap floss into your gums, it should slide into place. Zigzag the floss whilst forming a C around teeth.
Flossing removes food containing sugars from areas where brushing will not, mainly the areas where your teeth and gums meet.
Things to Watch
Rinse well, and if the water is pink your gums need more attention & treatment.
Immediately after flossing. Spend at least 2 minutes brushing. This is 120 seconds that can dramatically affect your dental and overall health, a small investment of time.
Use short, gentle strokes with a SOFT bristle brush. At a 45O angle to you teeth use rolling, circular motions on the gums and teeth. Massage the gums with the brush and reach all the back teeth & gums too.
Brush tongue, or perhaps use a scraper to remove bacteria and freshen breath.
This brushing action removes plaque bacteria that form into hard tartar that decays strong tooth enamel and leads to gum and bone disease.
Things to Watch
Avoid overusing whitening toothpaste as it can wear your teeth and create sensitivity.
Clean your dentures after each meal or at least twice a day.
Hold your denture over a basin filled with water (this will avoid breakage if dropped)
Gently scrub the dentures with a toothbrush or special denture brush using warm water, mild soap or a denture cleaning agent.
You must also clean your gum to remove any debris or bacteria. This can be done with a wet face washer, simply rub the gum tissue where the denture normally sits.
Things to watch
Do not use cleaning agents or brushes that are too abrasive, as they will scratch your denture.
Do not use hot or boiling water, as the dentures will warp.
Do not use detergents, bleaches, methylated spirits or strong chemical of any kind.
Ideally dentures should be removed at night, cleaned and stored in a container of cold water in a safe place (Removal of the dentures allows the mouth to rest and prevents fungal infection)
Calculus can be removed by soaking dentures overnight in one part white vinegar and two parts water