1. Brush at least twice a day
. The best time to brush teeth is after meals. Choose a toothbrush with a small head for better access to back teeth. Soft bristles are kinder on your gums.
fluoridated toothpaste. Fluoride helps to harden tooth enamel and reduces your risk of decay. If you need to use alternatives (fluoride free), ask our team of professionals for advice.
in the mirror - dont be aftraid to look closely at your own mouth. If something does not look right, call to get it attended to! The earlier the cavity, the less the pain
your teeth daily. Use a slow and gentle sawing motion
5. Limit acidic drinks
like soft drinks, cordials and fruit juices. Food acids soften tooth material and dissolve the minerals in tooth enamel, causing holes (cavities or caries). In severe cases, teeth may be right down to the gum
. Bacteria in dental plaque change sugars into acids
your teeth from injury. Wear a mouthguard or full-face helmet when playing sports
8. Try to save a knocked out tooth
. If possible, hold the tooth back in place while you seek immediate dental advice. If this is not possible, wrap the tooth in plastic or place it in milk and seek dental advice immediately
9. Avoid using your teeth for anything other than chewing food
. If you use them to crack nuts, remove bottle tops or rip open packaging, you risk chipping or even breaking your teeth
10. See Port Smiles for regular check-ups
. We believe in prevention, and give you personalised tips to keep your teeth, for life :)