Amidst the recent change in our lifestyles the past few weeks, we have been encouraged to stay at home and postpone elective services and routine dental appointments. We, at Paddington Dentistry care for our patients and staff and in accordance to the Australian Dental Association advise, dental clinics are only urged to open their doors for emergency appointments. Don't you worry, you can still maintain good oral health when you follow the basics.
Living our busy lives sometimes make us miss the essentials. So here are some tips for you to practice and more importantly improve your oral hygiene at home:
A common question that we usually ask is “do I brush my teeth before or after breakfast?” Ideally and practically speaking, it is better to brush your teeth after breakfast where we usually have our morning coffee, etc. Avoid speed brushing and take your time brushing for 2 full minutes. It is also best to store our toothbrushes away from droplets and splashes to keep it personal and hygienic to your disposal.
Flossing reduces the risk of gum disease, it is very important that we do this at least once a day before brushing at night. It is a bit of a task to incorporate this in your daily oral hygiene regimen but according to Dr. Maxwell Maltz’ theory, it takes 21 days to make or break a habit. Once you get used flossing, you will realize that this effectively removes the plaque in between your teeth and gives you fresher breath.
Using an alcohol free mouth rinse is more gentle and effectively kills the germs/bacteria that causes plaque, gingivitis and bad breath. This is best done after brushing in the morning and evening and you don't have to rinse your mouth with water following the mouthwash. This leaves your mouth feeling extra fresh for a longer period of time and more importantly giving the oral rinse solution to work efficiently.
Sugar causes tooth decay and has been the major culprit ever since. Our mouths are like a battlefield filled with bacteria, acids plus the different kinds of sugar that we eat. This will eventually cause demineralization on our teeth and inevitably leads to tooth decay.
During these enhanced quarantine measures, we are encouraged to stay at home. Sometimes, we have no choice but to go out especially for urgent medical or dental reasons. Paddington Dentistry is OPEN for a range of services approved by the Australian Dental Association under Level 2 restrictions which inhibit aerosol producing procedures. Call us to discuss your treatment availability. We know how bad a toothache gets and we don’t want you to endure the pain.
For appointments and to check our range of services under level 2 restrictions call us immediately at (02) 9360 6245 or 0492 898 129.
Just a friendly reminder, do not forget to practice social distancing and most importantly proper hand washing. As the saying goes, there is always a rainbow after the rain. We will get through this together. Stay safe, stay at home, let's flatten the curve. See you soon!
FLOSS | BRUSH | RINSE | REPEAT