17 March 2022

Five tips from an oral health expert

Save yourself money and pain with these easy steps.

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J R R.
22 Apr 2022
relevance

everybody must read these useful comments (doctor)

Murray T.
20 Mar 2022
"Preventative" should be "preventive", by the way

We talk about "prevention", so the adjective is "preventive". Compare that with "consultation", for which the adjective is "consultative'. It's not that difficult, really. We do not need the unnecessary extra syllable in "preventive". My work here is done :) .

Patricia G.
20 Mar 2022
The Works

This article has reinforced what my dentist tells me. I am probably a dentists least favourite client. I find the business of teeth cleaning tedious. This no doubt contributes to the plaque build up to which I am prone. I am trying harder!

I now do an intensive, Before Bed Regime. That is:
Brushing briefly with no tooth paste followed by a more thorough brushing with tooth paste getting right to the back and more attention to behind the teeth. I use a soft sensodyne brush followed by a Te Pe compact tuft brush which gets into the gaps.
I then floss (with difficulty).
Next I use an entry level electric tooth brush giving attention to the gum line.
I have a water flosser which I use regularly but not religiously.
Last of all I swish a few times with baking soda and water. This neutralises acidity.

I have a four minute egg timer and I exceed the four minutes easily.

The morning is less thorough. I clean with water then tooth paste (max two minutes) and have breakfast 30 - 40 minutes later followed by a good 'swish' with water.

I eat / snack every two hours so have a tooth brush and paste at work. I try and use it an hour following breakfast at home. The workplace is frenetic so I have a water bottle at my desk and drink every hour and have a discreet 'swish and swallow' following food.

My dentist said plaque problems can be hereditary. Mouth breathers also are more prone, saliva being the great neutraliser. Hence the regular intake of water.

I am hoping my next dental visit earns me some praise...

John K.
19 Mar 2022
Flossing

One problem with dental floss is that it's slippery, hard to hold tight.
My solution? Take a long piece of floss and tie the ends together to make a loop.
Then, hold it like a cat's cradle, pulling tight.
It's fiddly to start with but you'll get the hang of it.
For clearing out a food trap use the two strands together, doubling up, as they will then extract any stubborn residual food easily, whereas single thread will not.
Forget those thin pokey brushes which are ideal for removing fillings and scoring gums.
For narrow inter-teeth gaps simply adjust the loop to use a single strand.

Consumer, I gift this idea to you for commercialising...

John K.
19 Mar 2022
Soft brush

Try the Curaprox ultra soft brush, with 5400 bristles. It costs more but outlasts any standard brush.

Andy P.
19 Mar 2022
60 minutes before or after

What useless advice. Picture your average morning. Wake up, brush your teeth. Oops, can’t have breakfast for an hour. Ok, get up, have breakfast, brush teeth. Doh! Can’t brush for an hour after eating. Maybe I’ll brush after morning tea..

Murray T.
20 Mar 2022
Number 4 is not really based on sound science

Brush your teeth after breakfast.

Nicholas G.
01 Apr 2022
Brush when you can

Just brush when you can. If it's too hard before/after breakfast, try before lunch/when you get to work. I don't know how Murray T is such an authority to be able to tell what is scientifically based, but it's easy to check on google scholar, so decide for yourself.

Dwayne B.
18 Mar 2022
The dental industry sure has used fear as an effective weapon to sell products.

I have perfect teeth.
I go the dentist every 3-5 years.
If you brush your teeth AND GUMS vigorously, twice a day, you should experience good dental health with minimal need to pay money to a dentist or hygenist.
The problem is that many people don't brush their gums, or if they do, they don't brush them thoroughly for long enough.

- I have rinsed my entire life.
- I never floss.
- If you use a soft brush, which everyone should use (without exception), then it's actually quite difficult to brush too hard, unless you have pre-existing issues.

David M.
19 Mar 2022
Please start flossing before it's too late

My teeth are not terrible but not great either. I always brushed but somehow missed the message about flossing. Now I floss every evening and I am amazed at the amount of food the floss removes from between my teeth. So as well as removing plaque the floss removes food particles that a brush simply cannot reach. I really wish I had flossed from an early age.

Dwayne B.
20 Mar 2022
To David M.

I don't require your advice, and I certainly didn't ask for it.
At my recent check-up this year, the hygenist was extremely impressed with my oral health.