At Integrated Dentalcare, we place a strong emphasis on preventive dental care – the more you look after your own teeth and maintain a healthy mouth, the less dental treatment you’ll need in the future. We encourage our patients to work with us in order to avoid having to attend the dentist for repeated fillings and extractions. Through education and regular check-ups, our patients receive the know-how and tools to keep their smiles healthy!
All patients should attend the dentist for a check-up and professional clean at least twice a year. A check-up is designed to help keep your teeth and gums strong and disease-free and includes gum (periodontal) evaluation, fluoride treatment and oral cancer screening . This will allow us to keep abreast of any problems which may occur in the future.
How to brush your teeth
Twice-daily brushings and regular flossing are excellent for maintaining the health of your teeth and gums between check-ups. The best technique involves using a circular or elliptical motion working across the entire mouth with your toothbrush at a 45 degree angle. Make sure you brush both the outside and the inside of your teeth and avoid using a back and forth motion as this can cause the gums to recede. We would recommend you use a toothbrush with soft bristles for about 3 minutes. Note that most people think they are brushing for a longer period than they actually are.
Should I floss my teeth?
Yes! Plaque is a sticky layer of material containing germs that accumulate on teeth, including places where toothbrushes can’t reach. This can lead to gum disease. The best way to get rid of plaque is to brush and floss your teeth carefully every day. The toothbrush cleans the tops and sides of your teeth. Dental floss cleans in between them. Floss removes plaque and debris that adhere to teeth and gums in between teeth, polishes tooth surfaces, and controls bad breath.
How to floss
There are two flossing methods: the spool method and the loop method. The spool method is suited for those with dexterity in their fingers. Take an 18-inch piece of floss and wind the bulk of the floss lightly around the middle finger. Wind the rest of the floss similarly around the same finger of the opposite hand. This finger takes up the floss as it becomes soiled or frayed. Manoeuver the floss between teeth with your index fingers and thumbs. Bring the floss up and down several times forming a “C” shape around the tooth being sure to go below the gum line. Don’t pull it down hard against your gums or you will hurt them and don’t rub it side to side as if you’re shining shoes.
The loop method is suited for children or adults with less nimble hands, poor muscular coordination or arthritis. Take an 18-inch piece of floss and make it into a circle. Tie it securely with three knots. Place all of the fingers, except the thumb, within the loop. Use your index fingers to guide the floss through the lower teeth, and use your thumbs to guide the floss through the upper teeth, going below the gumline forming a “C” on the side of the tooth.