Ask any dentist and they will tell you that good oral health is an essential component of physical well-being. If, for example, a person had a gum infection, this would seriously affect the body’s ability to ward off germs and bacteria, as your antibodies are tied up with the gum infection. Bad brushing habits can quickly lead to tooth decay, which also affects the physical equilibrium, not to mention the damage it causes. If you have noticed a rough area on one of your teeth, this could be the onset of tooth decay, as the roughness of the tooth surface aids bacteria as it looks for an anchor point. Once it does create a foothold, the decaying process begins and the sooner you see your dentist, the better.
This is a critical part of good oral hygiene and if you are unsure about the effectiveness of your brushing technique, a quick Google will provide you with a tutorial that uses images to describe what happens when brushing. Due to the shape of our teeth and the way they are connected, there are lots of tiny closed off spaces, and if your brushing does not reach these regions, tooth decay will come visiting.
Flossing gets in between the teeth and removes any trapped particles of food, which would provide a platform for decay if allowed to remain. Next time you visit your Sydney dental clinic, you can ask your dentist about flossing and they will likely stock good quality floss, and once this becomes a part of your daily routine, it will become second nature. You should floss after every brushing session, especially before going to bed. Those hours of sleep can provide bacteria with enough time to get established, so it is vital that your mouth is clean prior to retiring for the night.
A Reflection of Good Health
Your overall well-being could be measured with an oral examination, and if a person is not feeling well, this could spark a gum infection. Oral issues could be a symptom of something else, and with regular oral examinations, your dentist can remedy any problem as it first arises, rather than treating it when it is established. We should all establish best practices with our oral care. Brushing, flossing and daily use of an antiseptic mouthwash will all help to ensure good oral health, and watching what you eat and drink will minimise the risk of tooth decay and discolouration.
Make it a Family Outing
If you, your partner and the kids make appointments on the same day, then everyone can have an oral examination, something that should happen every 3 months. Children are especially vulnerable to tooth decay – due to the many sweet things they ingest – and once a child learns best oral hygiene practices – they will rarely require treatment.
If you have just relocated and are looking for a good family dentist, a Google search is the best way to go about sourcing a local clinic, and with a yearly schedule, you can all enjoy the benefits of good oral hygiene and minimise the risk of dental issues.
Amila Gamage Wickramarachchi is the founder of this blog where she shares her parenting and lifestyle experiences. She is an engineer and a trainer who works in the construction industry. She is the founder of Sihela Consultants.(www.sihelaconsultants.com)