As important as your at-home dental hygiene routine is, it cannot take the place of routine dental checkups. Routine dental checkupshelp keep your teeth healthy, remove plaque and tartar buildup, and spot early signs of:
Other potential dental problems
What if I have problems between checkups?
We advise calling us if you have:
A bad taste that doesn’t go away with improved dental hygiene
Bleeding, puffy, swollen or tender gums
A nodule or sore on your gums
Pus in your gums
Abscesses anywhere in your mouth
You also need to call us as soon as possible if you have:
Difficulty swallowing or talking
Swollen lymph glands in your neck
A temperature over 38⁰C
What about dental hygiene with braces?
Taking care of your teeth is extra important when wearing braces.
When wearing braces, you need to brush each time you eat. Bits of food can become lodged not just around your teeth but also beneath the braces. Use a soft brush to clean in those hard-to-reach spots, angling your toothbrush towards the gum line. Then, angle your toothbrush at a downward angle to clean towards the brackets. You might need to use a special tool when flossing. A floss threader or interdental brush will make cleaning between your teeth and around the brackets a breeze! Remember to be gentle: Manoeuvring around the brackets and wires can be tough, but you do not want to damage your braces.
How often should I see a dentist?
Dr. Hopkins can explain your ideal checkup schedule based on your dental health history and personal risk factors.
The Effects of Alcohol, Soda and Coffee on Your Teeth
Have you ever thought about the way you drink and how it could be affecting your dental health? All of this is put under the spotlight in this helpful guide, as we take a look at alcohol, coffee & soda, and the ways they could be damaging your teeth.
Or did you listen to the wiggles brush your teeth song as a kid? A recent report from the Australian Health Policy Collaborationrevealed that your mouth might not be as clean as you think. Mouth bacteria may not only be unflattering from a bad breath point of view but it also leads to further complications.