Healthy Teeth For Life
The main risks to having healthy teeth for life are gum disease, cavities, teeth clenching/grinding and mouth cancer. You can avoid toothaches, cavities and gum disease and keep teeth healthy from childhood through old age if you follow good oral hygiene and adhere to a couple of rules.
- Avoid sugary food and drinks as much as possible
- Brush your teeth and use floss or Tepe brushes every night
- Attend your dentist and hygienist regularly (preferably every 6 months) for early detection of problems
- Wear a mouthguard for contact sports
- Consider a night-time bite guard if you clench or grind your teeth
Healthy Teeth for Life Checklist
1. Have you noticed bleeding when you brush your teeth?
2. Can you see staining or tartar on your teeth?
3. Do you regularly consume sugary food or drinks?
4. Do you already have fillings in your teeth?
5. Do you clean between your teeth every night with floss or interdental brushes?
6. Do you have bad breath or a bad taste in your mouth?
7. Do you smoke?
8. Is it more than six months since you attended a dentist or hygienist?
9. Do any teeth feel loose or seem to have moved?
10. Do your teeth or fillings break easily?
11. Are your teeth sensitive to cold or hot drinks?
If you answered Yes to any of the following questions it means you are at increased risk. We recommend having a checkup with our clinic, so any problems can be detected and taken care of early, before they escalate.