At Perfect Smile in Adelaide, we believe every patient deserves to benefit from a healthy, beautiful smile. We know that the best way to achieve this is by preventing any dental concerns before they arise.
The mouth and body connection
Did you know that poor oral hygiene is intricately linked to your overall bodily health? As a result of poor oral hygiene, the bacteria that builds up on teeth make gums prone to infection and inflammation. Over time, the bacterial acid eats away at the gums and bone structure that hold the teeth in place which may result in gum disease, known technically as periodontitis. Inflammation is often associated with various systemic diseases in the body including heart disease, diabetes and Alzheimers. This is why we always encourage our patients to maintain a stringent oral care routine at home and to visit us every six months for their general examination and professional clean.
Tips for preventative care
Good oral hygiene is the foundation for total oral health and wellbeing. Here at Perfect Smile in Adelaide, we are committed to ensuring our patients are completely informed about the very best methods in which they can take care of their teeth, gums and overall health. Below are some of the best practice tips for maintaining optimal health.
- Brushing and flossing
Brush twice a day as this removes plaque accumulation that builds up during the day. Floss once a day as this removes any food debris stuck between the teeth that would cause damage to the teeth and gums specifically in the form of dental decay and cavities. If you have braces, we recommend flossing after every meal as food particles can easily get trapped in between the crevices of your braces. Use toothpaste with fluoride as it helps strengthen your teeth.
- All about your toothbrush
Use only a soft toothbrush with rounded bristles, this helps minimise tooth abrasion and erosion. It is important to replace your toothbrush every three to four months or after an illness. By doing so, you effectively minimise your risk of dental disease.
- Visit us for your regular check-ups
At your regular dental examination and professional clean every six months, we can assess your smile in depth and clean away any tartar that has built up that can only be removed by a professional clean at our practice. In addition, we can also monitor and detect any signs of gum disease before it develops further. Oral cancer screenings can also be performed at your regular examination so it is very important to take note of any sores that do not go away with two weeks. If this is the case, please do not wait until your next appointment, please contact us immediately.
- Quit smoking and reduce your alcohol intake
Both these consumables have been linked directly to causing or exacerbating oral cancer.
By following these standard rules of dental care, we can help you maintain the health of your teeth, gums and overall oral health.