Healthy mouths, healthy lives

Healthy mouths, healthy lives

Written by Mary Mickael
Pharmacist CP Frankston
Good oral hygiene, using the right oral care products and regular visits to the dentist will help you maintain healthy teeth and gums.

Here are some tips to help you look after your teeth.

  1. Brush at least twice a day.The best time to brush teeth is after meals. Choose a toothbrush with a small head for better access to back teeth. Soft bristles are kinder on your gums. Ask us about the tooth brush that is most suitable for you!
  2. Use fluoridated toothpaste.Fluoride helps to harden tooth enamel and reduces your risk of decay. Again, ask your Community Pharmacy team for the right one for you.
  3. Brush thoroughly.Tooth brushing should take between two and three minutes. Don’t rush to brush!
  4. Floss your teeth daily.Use a slow and gentle sawing motion.
  5. Limit acidic drinks like soft drinks, cordials and fruit juices.Food acids soften tooth material and dissolve the minerals in tooth enamel, causing holes (cavities or caries). In severe cases, teeth may be ‘eaten’ right down to the gum.
  6. Limit sugary foods.Bacteria in dental plaque change sugars into acids.
  7. Protect your teeth from injury.Wear a mouthguard or full-face helmet when playing sports. Be prepared to save both the goal & your tooth!
  8. Try to save a knocked out tooth.If possible, hold the tooth back in place while you seek immediate dental advice. If this is not possible, wrap the tooth in plastic or place it in milk and seek dental advice immediately.
  9. Avoid using your teeth for anything other than chewing food.If you use them to crack nuts, remove bottle tops or rip open packaging, you risk chipping or even breaking your teeth.
  10. See your dentist for regular check-ups.You should also visit your dentist if you have a dental problem such as a toothache or bleeding gums. If you’re pregnant, ask us about the most suitable calcium supplement for yourself and for your baby.

Finally, Don’t let anything destroy your smile!

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