A New Year has rolled around, a time when we often make resolutions about things we want to change in our lives or health. Have you made any resolutions about your oral hygiene? There's a number of factors that contribute to tooth decay and adopting a few changes can make all the difference.
Our clinic recommends the 5:2 rule
- Only eat 5 times a day (breakfast, morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner) and only drink water between meals. This helps the teeth naturally fight the effects of sugar and acid on the teeth throughout the day. Remember it's the number of times teeth are exposed to sweet, sticky & acid foods during the day that is important, not the amount consumed.
- Teeth should be cleaned 2 times a day with fluoride toothpaste. Preferably parents should clean the teeth of very young children (babies, toddlers and pre-schoolers) and supervise older (primary school) children. Colgate® Maximum Cavity Protection plus Sugar Acid Neutraliser™ is specially formulated to be 20% more effective in fighting tooth decay, and is recommended for people over 6 years of age.
If you or a family member have tooth ache and suspect cavities or tooth decay, schedule an appointment today. Our dentists aim to catch problems in the early stages to help avoid costly, time consuming treatments.