Have you ever noticed that if you start talking about teeth everyone starts instinctively rolling their tongue over their teeth, much like their own internal dental check up?
Which is why we love supporting initiatives like World Oral Health Day being held on March 20. By just talking about oral hygiene, this immediately brings everyone’s teeth and gums into focus. It’s no secret that having a well-functioning and good-looking set of teeth is tightly connected to your quality of life. It helps you eat the food your body needs along with improving your self-confidence to smile freely.
Here in Australia, oral health habits need improvement:
- Over 60% of Australians haven’t seen a dentist in over 2 years;
- Almost half of us only clean our teeth once a day
- 40% of Australians never floss between their teeth.1
For World Oral Health Day, Dr Finkelstein has the following simple advice:
Apart from avoiding sugary foods, your teeth are essential for eating all the good foods needed to live a healthy life. If your teeth are not up to the task, your nutrition suffers. If you are avoiding any nutritious foods due to pain in your teeth, get this seen to as soon as possible. Treatments like root canal, dental crowns or dental implants may help extend the life of your teeth so you can eat the foods you need to remain healthy.
Implement a proper cleaning regime
Brush your teeth twice a day for two minutes using a fluoride toothpaste. Wait at least 30 minutes after eating and don’t rinse your mouth with water afterwards as this ensures the fluoride remains to protect your teeth. Floss between your teeth to dislodge both food and plaque which will help prevent cavities, bad breath and gum disease. Also, when you’re on the go and brushing isn’t possible, after eating, rinse you mouth with water or chew a sugar-free gum.
Get a dental tune up every 6 months
Your teeth and gums are much like a car, you can treat it with respect, you can clean it regularly, you can even check the oil and water. But every so often a tune-up by a professional is necessary to make sure all is going well under the hood to avoid a larger repair bill in the future. Book a 6-monthly dental visit to ensure nothing in your mouth gets too out of control.
There is nothing to fear by visiting a dentist, you should only fear what happens if you don’t. Your teeth are on the front line every day for you, so they deserve your support! This World Oral Health Day shout your teeth some love by beginning a new cleaning regime or booking in a dental check up.
Dr Finkelstein Dentist is located in the heart of Sydney CBD on Pitt St. We provide a full range of dental treatments to ensure your oral health is in top condition. You can be certain of an anxiety-free experience and we will ensure you are always on the road to good oral and overall health. Book a dental check-up with Dr Finkelstein today.
- Australian Dental Association.