Dental Health Week, Oral health is teeth, gums and oral cancer screening too.

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This month we are marking Dental Health Week in the first week of August. This year it’s back to basics – tooth brushing, flossing, diet, and regular dental checks. During your dental check your dentist will examine your teeth, gums and the soft tissue of your mouth to make sure all is well and there is no decay, periodontal disease or oral cancers.

Most of us give little thought to brushing and it’s almost always rushed, but good brushing is one of the easiest and most effective ways to care for your teeth. As a minimum, make sure you are brushing with the softest toothbrush that you can find, using any regular fluoridated toothpaste and brushing the teeth and gums for two minutes, twice a day. We have a great range of brushes available here to buy and you can bring your old toothbrushes and tubes to be recycled through an initiative offered by Colgate and Terra Cycle.

Flossing should be like brushing, an essential part of your routine to prevent tooth decay, gum disease and bad breath. It’s not just an optional extra. Rather than feeling guilty about your lack of enthusiasm for flossing next time you come, let us help you to make it part of your routine. We can help you with your technique or by suggesting other products to make it a little easier.

Finally, we are becoming more and more aware of the benefits of limiting our sugar intake. Watch out for hidden sugars (such as in biscuits, cereals, juice) and most importantly, limit snacking between meals to give the teeth a chance to recover. Make water your drink of choice and enjoy some sugar-free chewing gum to freshen up after meals.

We hope this has been a good reminder of the basics of good oral health. We look forward to seeing you soon. The Adelaide City Dental Care Team.

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