Are you experiencing bad breath? Do your gums bleed while you brush or floss your teeth? Does it hurt when you drink cold and hot drinks?

Come see us at Chartwell/Rototuna Dental Centres as we emphasise the importance of preserving your oral hygiene as this can influence your health and wellbeing for your future. Any of the conditions above may indicate a problem with your daily hygiene. Our dentists and hygienists here at the clinic are experts and can help you learn good oral hygiene techniques as well as help point out areas of your mouth that may require extra attention during brushing and flossing. Read our tips below.

Maintaining good oral hygiene is one of the most important things you can do for your teeth and gums. Healthy teeth not only enable you to look and feel good, they make it possible to eat and speak properly. Good oral health is important to your overall well-being.

Here's a few tips on good oral hygiene practice:

  • Brushing thoroughly twice a day and flossing properly daily.
  • Eating a balanced diet and limiting sugar consumption in meals.
  • Using dental products that contain fluoride, including toothpaste to strengthen your teeth.
  • Rinsing with a fluoride mouth rinse if your dentist tells you to.
  • Making sure that your children under 12 drink fluoridated water or take a fluoride supplement if they live in a non-fluoridated area.
  • Have a dental hygiene appointment every six months.

How often should I see the dentist?

A system of regular dental check-ups should be part of any effective oral hygiene routine. “How often” does depend on each individual, your ideal recall interval will be discussed with you by your dentist/hygienist. As a rule it is best to maintain a habit of visiting your dentist every six to twelve months to ensure that any potential problems are detected and treated before they escalate. The maintenance of good oral health, will consequently contribute to your overall health and well-being.

What are the causes of bad breath?

Also known as halitosis, bad breath can result from a variety of causes, however consistently bad breath is generally resultant from sulphur-producing bacteria which generally inhabit the surfaces of the tongue and throat. Other factors such as periodontitis (gum disease), poor oral care routines, dry mouth, certain foods, smoking and hormonal changes may also result in halitosis as well as stomach/gastric problems.

I have sensitive teeth when I drink hot liquids, what can I do?

When pain is associated with hot foods or liquids this is usually and indicator of a deteriorating tooth nerve and the early development of an abscess at the tip of the tooth root. Tooth nerves can die for a number of reasons including decay, accidents or trauma and this is quite a common occurrence.

Upon the nerve of a tooth dying, it begins to disintegrate and creates gasses in the root chamber. Thus when hot foods and liquids are consumed the gasses begin to expand resulting in increased pressure levels which leads to pain.

It is important for a correct diagnosis to be made if a tooth nerve is dying as the nerve will need to be removed. If left unchecked, upon the nerve dying an abscess will eventually form which results in extreme levels of pain. Consequently, this can make the problem significantly more difficult to treat, requiring complex endodontic treatment.

If you are experiencing pain when drinking hot liquids contact our experience team to arrange a consultation.

Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding with a surgical or invasive procedure, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.

Follow these steps to ensure you are using the proper brushing techniques:

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Tilt the brush at a 45° angle against the gum line and sweep or roll the brush away from the gum line.

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Gently brush the outside, inside and chewing surface of each tooth using short back-and-forth strokes.

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Gently brush your tongue to remove bacteria and to freshen your breath. 

After brushing, follow these flossing steps:

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Be generous with your floss - use about 18" of floss, leaving an inch or two to work with. 

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Follow the curves of your teeth, moving the floss up and down each tooth, opening wide to floss those hard to reach places. 

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Be gentle and be sure to clean beneath the gum line, but avoid snapping the floss on the gums.

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