From Food to Flossing: Our Day-to-day Oral Care Advice

25 Oct 2020  |  No Comments
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Practising good oral hygiene isn’t just important to keep your breath fresh and your teeth white; it’s also essential for your oral health (which in turn affects your general health). Looking after your teeth daily can prevent issues like decay and gum disease, and often, we might think we’re doing a better job of caring for our mouths than we really are.

It’s important to ensure we’re brushing and flossing thoroughly, and that we’re not consuming too much food and drink that can harm the teeth. In this guide, we’ve covered some of the essentials of oral care, so your natural teeth can last longer and look beautiful.

How to floss

Too many people skip this step, but it’s an important habit to get into. It helps to dislodge food that gets stuck between your teeth, but also reduces plaque and bacteria around the mouth. We recommend flossing or using another type of interdental cleaner once a day. If you’re unsure about whether you’re flossing properly, this guide should help:

  1. Break off dental floss and wind it around your fingers.
  2. Place the floss in between two teeth, and gently glide it up and down, and back and forth.
  3. Make sure to reach all parts of both teeth, but don’t dig the floss too far into your gums.
  4. Repeat the steps for every tooth, using a fresh piece of floss for each.
  5. Rinse after flossing.

How to brush properly

Even if you’re already brushing your teeth twice a day, are you doing it thoroughly enough? We recommend changing your toothbrush every 3-4 months, or when the bristles get worn, and consider using an electric toothbrush.

Follow these steps to ensure you’re brushing properly every time:

  1. Use a small amount of toothpaste (pea-sized for children).
  2. Brush every surface of the teeth in a gentle circular motion.
  3. Brush behind each tooth, putting the toothbrush on a downwards angle.
  4. Use a back and forth motion on chewing surfaces of the back teeth.
  5. Spit out the toothpaste.

What foods to avoid

Consuming too much sugary food can lead to tooth decay. That’s because bacteria in the mouth breaks down sugar which produces acid, which can then attack the teeth. While natural sugars such as those in fruit and milk also contribute to tooth decay, processed sugar has a harsher effect, and you should only eat the following foods in moderation:

  • Lollies (especially the sour kind)
  • Alcohol
  • Fizzy drinks
  • Bread
  • Citrus fruits and drinks
  • Chips

When should you visit a dentist?

You should visit the dentist every six months as a standard guide. Of course, everyone is different, and your dentist may recommend a more regular schedule in certain cases. This bi-annual visit is important so your dentist can examine your mouth and look out for any potential issues – so don’t skip it if you think your mouth is fine.

Additionally, visit the dentist if you’re experiencing tooth pain or sensitivity, a loose tooth, a cracked or chipped tooth, or swelling.

Call Marsfield Dental Clinic

If you have any other questions about maintaining your oral health, contact our clinic on (02) 9887 1961 or

"The information in this website may be simplified in nature and does not replace professional advice. Risks and consequences may apply to any treatment. Always seek a second opinion when considering complex treatment. A referral to a specialist may be required in certain situations. Quotations can only be given after proper clinical assessment and so pricing details cannot be given over the phone."

COVID 19 Update - Oct 2021

 All our members of staff - Dentists and supporting assistants - are fully vaccinated. We are a COVID-safe practice and we are open for all general dental treatment needs and services.