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Beautiful smiles begin with healthy mouths and gums, so the importance of oral hygiene can’t be understated.

A healthy mouth results in whiter teeth, stronger gums, and fresher breath.

What are some of the lesser-known things to do and avoid for healthy teeth and gums?

DOS

Brush teeth at least twice a day and floss once daily

Practice good oral hygiene. Brush teeth thoroughly at least twice a day and floss daily between the teeth to remove dental plaque.

Consider rinsing with an antibacterial mouthwash

Mouthwash freshens breath, reduces plaque and gingivitis, whitens teeth, and soothes dry mouth. And with its antimicrobial benefits and additional fluoride, you’ll wonder why you didn’t add it to your routine sooner!

Change your toothbrush every 3 to 4 months and after recovering from an illness

Along with cleaning your toothbrush, you should also be changing it out on a regular basis. The best practice is to get a new toothbrush every 3 to 4 months (or sooner, if the bristles start to fray). You should also change your toothbrush if you get sick to ensure that harmful bacteria are not reintroduced through your mouth.

DON’TS

Consume too much sugary and acidic foods and beverages

Sugar converts into acids, which can then erode the enamel of your teeth. These acids are what lead to cavities. Acidic fruits, teas, and coffee can also erode tooth enamel.

Use sharp and pointed objects in removing food stuck between your teeth

Do not use sharp, piercing objects like toothpicks to remove stuck food particles since they may end up injuring the tooth enamel or damaging the gum even if they happen to perform the duty successfully.

Don’t smoke or use other tobacco products

Smokers are 3 to 6 times more likely to develop gum disease, which can attack roots and cause teeth to fall out. Even smokeless tobacco products can irritate the gum tissue, causing gums around teeth to loosen, making it easier for bacteria to settle in and develop tooth decay.

The West Ryde Dental Clinic Advantage

West Ryde Dental Clinic’s services and treatments are 100% personalised to you and your personal needs.

Our dentists are highly motivated and accredited practitioners with graduate degrees from the University of Sydney.

Alongside our dentists, the supporting staff at West Ryde Dental Clinic are extremely talented, dedicated, and experienced.

Working together, we ensure that each visit with us is as pleasant as possible.

Same-Day Dental Emergency Appointment Available in West Ryde

For URGENT dental emergencies, do not hesitate to contact your West Ryde dentist on (02) 9809 7000 to make an appointment if you are in pain or discomfort prior to coming in.

We are located at Shop 20 West Ryde Marketplace, 14 Anthony Road in West Ryde.

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