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What type of toothbrush should I use?

Buy a toothbrush with soft bristles. Medium and hard ones can damage teeth and gums. Use soft pressure, for 2 minutes, two times a day. Electric toothbrushes are proven to be highly effective, especially in those hard to reach areas.

Does a rinse or mouthwash help?

Mouthwashes for cavity protection, sensitivity, and fresh breath may help when you use them with regular brushing and flossing, but not instead of daily cleanings. We can recommend the best type for you. Always chose an alcohol-free mouthwash to prevent getting a dry mouth.

Are dental X-rays needed?

We usually take x-rays during a first examination. This helps check tooth and gum health. If you have gum disease, we may want to take them more regularly. For regular check-ups, it’s usually about every 2 years.

Are sweets really bad for my teeth?

Yes, sweets and foods with acid, like lollies and soft drink, can stick to your teeth and lead to cavities. Biting your nails is another bad habit. It pulls your jaw out of position and changes the position of your teeth when you bite together!

Do I need to floss?

Flossing food and plaque from between teeth and under the gumline is extremely important. If you don’t, plaque hardens into tartar, which forms wedges and widens the space between teeth and gums, causing pockets. Remember that flossing cleans up 2 out of the 5 surfaces of your teeth!

Why do I need a dental check-up?

Regular examination of your teeth and gums help spot trouble early, preventing bigger and more costly treatments later. It is recommended that you have a check-up every 6 months. It’s also important to make an appointment for a professional clean at the same time.

Do teeth need fluoride?

Fluoride helps make teeth strong and prevents decay. The Australian Dental Association (ADA) agree that adults and children benefit when using fluoride toothpaste for brushing, taking care not to swallow it.

How do I know if my teeth are healthy?

Some problems won’t be noticeable to you at home, which is why it’s important to get regular check-ups. For instance, gum disease often develops without people noticing and they may only act on it when they experience bleeding gums or severe discomfort.