Good oral health begins with clean teeth, proper dental care habits, and awareness of daily habits.

Brushing and flossing properly from an early age helps prevent oral disease — such as cavities, gum disease, and oral cancer — as you age.

Proper nutrition, regular teeth cleanings, and your medical history also impact your oral health standing.

What are some of the lesser-known things to do and avoid for healthy teeth and gums?

DOS

Brush teeth at least twice a day and floss once daily

Practice good oral hygiene. Brush teeth thoroughly at least twice a day and floss daily between the teeth to remove dental plaque.

Consider rinsing with an antibacterial mouthwash

Mouthwash freshens breath, reduces plaque and gingivitis, whitens teeth, and soothes dry mouth. And with its antimicrobial benefits and additional fluoride, you’ll wonder why you didn’t add it to your routine sooner!

Change your toothbrush every 3 to 4 months and after recovering from an illness

Along with cleaning your toothbrush, you should also be changing it out on a regular basis. The best practice is to get a new toothbrush every three to four months (or sooner, if the bristles start to fray).

You should also change your toothbrush if you get sick to ensure that harmful bacteria are not reintroduced through your mouth.

DON’TS

Consume too much sugary and acidic foods and beverages

Sugar converts into acids, which can then erode the enamel of your teeth. These acids are what lead to cavities. Acidic fruits, teas, and coffee can also erode tooth enamel.

Use sharp and pointed objects in removing food stuck between your teeth

Do not use sharp, piercing objects like toothpicks to remove stuck food particles since they may end up injuring the tooth enamel or damaging the gum even if they happen to perform the duty successfully.

Don’t smoke or use other tobacco products

Smokers are more likely to develop gum disease, which can attack roots and cause teeth to fall out.

Even smokeless tobacco products can irritate the gum tissue, causing gums around teeth to loosen, making it easier for bacteria to live and develop tooth decay.

Convenient, Competent Care at Dr Sachdeva’s dental clinic

Practising good dental care helps keep teeth and gums healthy.

See your Wantirna South dentist every 6 months for regular check-ups and cleanings.

Not only can your dentist remove calculus build-up and find cavities, but they will also be able to detect potential issues and offer treatment solutions.

Dr Sachdeva’s dental clinic is located on Stud Road by Burwood Highway in Wantirna South. We are by public transport and offer free and convenient parking.

We offer late afternoon and early evening hours, as well as emergency treatment. You can reach us by phone or on our convenient online contact form.

If you want a dental surgery where the dentist takes time to find out your concerns and desires and who makes decisions in consultation with you, our office is the best choice for you!

Our technology is unsurpassed, including SNAP Dental Imaging Software and “One-stop” CEREC restoration. Our training is top-notch.

We know the difference a caring staff and relaxing atmosphere can make to your dental experience, and we always take the time to get to know our patients on a personal level.

Same-Day Dental Emergency Appointment Available in Wantirna South

For URGENT dental emergencies, do not hesitate to contact your dentist Wantirna South on (03) 9800 2338, and we will assist you in the best possible manner.

We are located at 287 Stud Road in Wantirna South.