Active maintenance is a term that we like to use at complete smile dental. it speaks of the ongoing care and treatment that is required to maintain your oral health.
Although a lot of people come to the dentist thinking that we can manage their oral health, the majority of the work needs to be done at home. The proper maintenance of one’s oral health does not solely come down to “a quick brush of your teeth” – ensuring all your oral tissues are cleaned and cared for is also part of a good oral care routine.
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Regular Dental Visits
Regular 6 monthly dental check-ups play a very important role in maintaining your oral health.
During a dental visit, your dentist will conduct an examination to check for hidden plaque, tartar and cavities. Your gums and oral cavity will also be examined for any signs of gum disease and other potential oral health issues.
Another important component of a dental visit is a professional clean, scale and polish. Only your dentist can remove tartar which is hardened plaque. By removing tartar deposits, your dentist can help reduce gingivitis and prevent the its progression to severe gum disease, such as periodontitis.
What we eat and drink plays an important role in our oral health, and consuming the wrong types of food and beverages can lead to the development of tooth decay and a whole host of oral health complications.
Foods and beverages that are high in refined carbohydrates – such as sweets, pastries, donuts and soft drinks – lead to plaque formation, bacterial fermentation and acidic by-products that cause tooth decay or erosion. On the other hand, tooth-friendly foods such as fresh fruit and veges, can actually help clear away plaque and the stimulate production of acid-neutralising, cleansing saliva.
Brushing is the act of scrubbing teeth with a toothbrush with toothpaste. Since only two thirds of the outer tooth can be reached by a toothbrush, interdental cleaning (with floss or an interdental brush) is recommended for those hard to reach spaces. Together, these two dental methods are the primary means of cleaning teeth, one of the main factors of good oral hygiene.
Although there is a consensus that a thorough tooth brushing once a day is sufficient for maintaining oral health, most dentists recommend patients brush twice a day to achieve a sufficient level of oral cleanliness and hygiene over a 24 hour period.
The use of dental floss is an important part of oral hygiene care, since it removes plaque and decaying food residue caught between the teeth. This food decay and plaque cause irritation to the gums, allowing the gum tissue to bleed more easily. Acidic foods left on the teeth can also demineralise teeth, which can eventually cause tooth decay and cavities.
Chewing gum can assist in oral irrigation between and around the teeth, which cleans and removes food residue, but for teeth in poor condition, it may damage or remove loose fillings as well. Dental chewing gums have been formulated to improve dental health. Sugar-free chewing gum stimulates saliva production, and helps to clean tooth surfaces.