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Dentists in Cape Town Discuss Oral Health Goals

Our dentists in Cape Town are aware of the fact that everyone has set many different new year’s resolutions and goals for 2020.

However, we often wonder how many of these goals are focused on dental health and improving overall hygiene.

Therefore, we have put together a short list of easy-to-incorporate habits into your life which will not only improve your oral health but your overall well-being too.

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Dentists in Cape Town Discuss 2020 Goals for Oral Health

Brush Regularly

This may seem like the obvious thing to do and many people brush their teeth twice a day with unwavering diligence.

However, there are a few tricks to making your brush worthwhile:

  • Brush for at least two minutes each time
  • If possible, add a third or fourth brush during the day
  • Use a soft bristle brush
  • Hold your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle towards the gumline
  • Brush in a gentle, circular motion
  • Use a back and forth motion on chewing surfaces

Simply put, a quick few seconds of brushing once or twice a day is simply not enough. We need to look after our teeth the same way we would look after any other aspect of our overall health.

Interdental Brushing

Interdental brushing is a slightly fancier term for flossing and many believe that this should be done after a good tooth brushing session.

However, flossing – whether you’re using traditional floss, water or air flossers – should actually be done before you brush your teeth.

Interdental brushing allows you to loosen any build up or food particles which the bristles on your toothbrush will not be able to reach.

This makes your brushing more worthwhile, as you are now able to brush away anything that might have slipped under the bristles.

Make Better Choices

Almost everyone is climbing onto the health train right now and becoming more conscious of what they consume.

Our diets play a crucial role in our overall health status but also our dental health. Diets high in sugar, alcohol, fizzy drinks and coffee are extremely detrimental to our oral well-being.

By avoiding all these items, you automatically reduce your risk of stained teeth and developing cavities and gum disease.

Visit Your Dentist

By making regular visits to your dentist, you make sure that you catch any issues before they have evolved into issues that are difficult to treat or manage.

These visits can involve just regular check-ups or other dental procedures such as cleaning or cosmetic dentistry such as teeth whitening.

Whatever happens during your visit, you can rest assured knowing you are going home with full awareness of your dental health status, which is crucial in making sure you carry on caring for them the way you should.

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Setting goals for the new year is something we all do but working at staying committed to them is important.

If you would like more tips on keeping your teeth as healthy as they can be during 2020 and beyond, or if you would like to book a consultation with one of our dentists, please contact us.


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