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Kembla Street Dental | Wollongong Dentist
"Creating Wollongong's amazing smiles"
Check-ups & Oral Hygiene
Practicing good oral hygiene is the foundation of preventative dentistry. It protects against excessive plaque build up, bacteria, cavities, infection and bad breath. It also mirrors the health of your overall body. Poor oral hygiene is a major contributor to oral infection, tooth decay and gum disease (periodontal disease). Gum disease is an infectious disease caused by excessive tartar and multiplying bacteria. Gum pockets become inflamed, eventually leading to tooth loss if left untreated.
Our dentists have a strong focus on education and are committed to the health and longevity of your teeth. We encourage you to pay close attention to your oral hygiene and practice excellent maintenance habits to prevent future complications and address any existing damage.
Daily Cleaning Routine
Our Dentists will educate your family with every visit, to encourage a lifestyle conducive to a high level of oral hygiene. As a starting point, your whole family should have a daily cleaning routine. Brush your teeth at least twice a day, and after meals, for two minutes each time to thoroughly remove plaque and clean tooth surfaces. Floss once per day to ensure leftover food debris hiding between teeth is removed from places your toothbrush cannot reach. Using mouthwash and a fluoride toothpaste can strengthen tooth enamel, remove more bacteria and prevent tooth decay. And don’t forgot to replace your manual toothbrush or electric toothbrush head every three months to achieve an effective clean.
Following a healthy diet is just as important as a good cleaning routine when maintaining oral hygiene. What you consume and how often you eat impacts your teeth. Eat more nutritious foods to stimulate saliva and strengthen enamel. Limit food and beverages that are high in sugar and carbohydrates – your body converts this sugar into acid, which can attack your tooth enamel, causing decay and discolouration.
It is important that you combine your daily routine with professional care. Prevention is better than cure, and a regular check-up can identify potential issues before they become problems.
The good news is that a visit to Kembla Street Dental every 6 months is all you need to maintain your amazing, healthy smile! On your regular check-up, something as simple as a professional clean removes plaque and tartar above your gum line that at-home cleaning cannot tackle. Next, a fluoride application will further protect and strengthen teeth.
The most important part of a check-up is your evaluation, which is why dental assessments are more than “just a clean”. Dental assessments provide our team with an invaluable opportunity to carefully inspect your mouth, teeth and gums and identify potential problems as early as possible. We will be looking for signs of tooth decay, loose or broken teeth, damaged tooth fillings and prosthetics or gum disease. Detecting problems in their early stages can prevent them from escalating into more serious complications that are harder to repair.