Oral Hygiene

Improving your overall well-being with good oral hygiene!

Oral Hygiene is crucial for healthy teeth and gums. Maintaining proper Oral Hygiene is all about keeping your mouth clean and free from diseases.

Good Oral Hygiene prevents the formation of plaque, a sticky film of bacteria that forms on the hard surfaces of teeth.  Plaque can lead to further dental and oral problems such as tooth decay, tartar, gingivitis and periodontitis or gum disease.

Your oral health is also closely connected to your overall health and well-being. If there is an infection in your mouth, the bacteria can spread to other parts of your body through your bloodstream which can result in health concerns such as heart disease and strokes.

There are a number of simple steps to maintain good Oral Hygiene:

  • Brush twice daily with a fluoride toothpaste
  • Floss daily to remove plaque and food particles between your teeth
  • Eat a well balanced diet.Limit sweets and sugary drinks
  • Rinse with fluoride and antiseptic mouth washes
  • Six monthly regular check ups
  • Visit your dentist for regular check-ups every 6 months
  • Reduce or stop smoking

Signs of Poor Oral Hygiene

Telltale signs of poor oral hygiene include: 

  • Tooth decay 
  • Chronic bad breath
  • Bleeding gums
  • Gum recession
  • Loose teeth 
  • Mouth sores
  • Toothaches 
  • Swelling of the jaw

How to Brush Correctly

Proper brushing is essential for cleaning teeth and gums effectively. Here’s the correct way to brush your teeth: 

  • Use a toothbrush with soft, nylon bristles that will not scratch and irritate teeth or damage gums.
  • Place the bristles along the gum line at a 45-degree angle so it makes contact with both the tooth surface and gum line.
  • Slowly brush the outer tooth surfaces of 2-3 teeth using a vibrating back and forth rolling motion.  Move the brush to the next group of 2-3 teeth and repeat.
  • Gently brush using back, forth, and rolling motions along all inner tooth surfaces while maintaining a 45-degree angle and ensuring contact with the tooth surface and gum line.
  • Tilt the brush vertically behind the front teeth.  Make several up and down strokes using the front half of the brush.
  • Place the brush against the biting surface of the teeth and use a gentle back-and-forth scrubbing motion.  Brush the tongue from back to front to remove odour-producing bacteria.

How Regular Checkups Can Help Improve Your Oral Health

Part of a good oral hygiene routine involves a professional cleaning and checkup every 6 months. This helps ensure that your oral health is on the right track and any dental issues are intercepted as early as possible.

Your dental health is our priority! Schedule regular checkups with Melton Dental Group to prevent dental issues from taking root and to ensure good oral hygiene. Call us at (03) 9743-4922 or Visit us at 447 High Street, Melton, VIC 3337.