How to Keep Your Teeth Healthy

Nov 01, 2017

The advice below has been published by the Department of Health following extensive research and discussion with experts in preventive dentistry and health promotion.

Dental decay (caries) is caused by frequency of sugar intake. Prevention includes:

  • Brush twice daily with fluoridated toothpaste (1350ppm fluoride or above)
  • Brush last thing at night and on one other occasion
  • Spit out after brushing and do not rinse
  • The frequency and amount of sugary foods and drinks should be reduced

Periodontal disease (Gum disease) is caused by failing to remove adequately plaque deposits from the teeth and gums, and made worse by smoking and alcohol consumption. Prevention:

  • Self care plaque removal
  • Remove plaque effectively using methods shown by the dental team** Daily effective plaque removal is more important to periodontal health than scaling and polishing with the dental team
  • Brush gum line AND tooth twice daily (before bed and at least on one other occasion)
    • Clean daily between the teeth to below the gum line before toothbrushing
    • For small spaces use dental floss or tape (ORAL B PRO-EXPERT)
    • For larger spaces use interdental or single tufted brushes (Curaprox prime handy)
    • Around orthodontic appliances or bridges use Superfloss(ORAL B)/interdental brushes
      • Do not smoke
      • Maintain good diabetic control (if applies)
      • Be aware that some medicines may affect gingival health