Brushing & Flossing
• Brush twice daily
• Use a soft toothbrush with rounded bristles
• Replace your toothbrush every three to four months
• Use toothpaste with fluoride
• Floss once daily
• Avoid tobacco products
• Avoid excessive alcohol use
• Healthy foods are important for healthy teeth.
• Eat a balanced diet every day. Choose from the 5 food groups everyday- cereals & bread, vegetables, fruits, dairy (milk, yoghurt, and cheese), meat, nuts, poultry & eggs.
• Drink plenty of water. Replace sugary drinks (soft drinks, juices, etc.) with water. This helps with washing away the food debris and is also without any sugar.
• Limit the amount of sugary foods and sweets. If sticky and sweet foods are eaten, the best time is at meal times rather than between meals.
• Choose from fresh foods rather than processed foods. Limit the snack times as this leads to increased acidic levels in the mouth which causes damage to the enamel of the teeth.
• Visit your dentist every 6 months to prevent problems from occurring and catching those that do occur while they are still easy to treat.
A sealant is a protective coating placed in the grooves of back teeth present on biting surfaces. It is a painless and quick procedure which protects children’s teeth from decay. The coating forms a hard barrier that prevents food from getting caught n small grooves and pits in teeth thus preventing decay. Also, as the grooves become shallower it is easier for children to clean the teeth.
The dentist examines the teeth and assesses which teeth would need sealing. The adult molars and premolars are sealed. The sealants are most effective when teeth newly erupt.
The process to apply sealant is simple and quick. It takes only a few minutes per tooth. It is totally pain free. They last for many years. They can wear over time and may need replacement or addition and ensure that there is no decay beneath them.
Mouth guards are used in sports where deliberate or accidental impacts to the face and jaw may cause harm. Dental injuries are the most common type of oro-facial injuries sustained during sport. Dental injuries can be painful, disfiguring and result in lengthy and expensive treatments. We at Watervale Dental encourage children and all adults playing team sports like football, martial arts, basketball, hockey, etc. to always wear mouth guards. The dental associations around the world recommend mouth guards for 29 different sports: acrobatics, basketball, bicycling, boxing, equestrian, football, gymnastics, handball, ice hockey, inline skating, lacrosse, martial arts, racquetball, rugby, shot putting, skateboarding, skiing, skydiving, soccer, softball, squash, surfing, volleyball, water polo, weightlifting and wrestling.
Mouth Guard Tips
• The Australian Dental Association (ADA) recommends that only a professionally custom-fitted mouth guard should be worn.
• Check your mouth guard every 12 months for optimal fit and protection.
• Mouth guards are usually made in two short appointments.
• Keep your mouth guard clean and store it in a rigid container, away from heat to ensure it maintains its shape.
Please refer to The Australian Dental Association’s website www.ada.org.au for more information on mouth guards and teeth protection.