Your smile is yours for life and we know you need all the tools to keep it looking as healthy as possible. At Nick Sheptooha Dental Practice in Brisbane we believe every patient deserves to benefit from a healthy, beautiful smile, and are geared to help you maintain your natural teeth for life.
As well as recommending a check-up every six months for a thorough examination and clean, a good oral hygiene regime is vitally important in helping your teeth and gums remain healthy.
Your dental check-up
When you visit us, we will conduct a thorough screening for oral cancer, after which we will then proceed to check your teeth, gums and occlusion (bite). When necessary, which is every two years, we will take digital x-rays of your teeth and compare your mouth to your previous visit. That way we can detect any advances in decay or gum disease and any other abnormalities at the earliest possible occasion to reduce treatment time and cost.
Our top tips for preventive care
Good oral hygiene not only makes your teeth and gums feel fresh and vibrant but also provides the basic foundation for lifelong dental health. Our top tips for healthy teeth and gums are:
- Use a soft toothbrush with rounded bristles – this helps minimise tooth abrasion and erosion
- Replace your toothbrush every three to four months or after an illness – by doing so you effectively minimise your risk of dental disease
- Brush twice daily – both morning and night, this removes plaque accumulation that builds up during the day
- Use toothpaste with fluoride – fluoride is fantastic for the teeth in small quantities, and helps strengthen the teeth as well as helps brighten them!
- Floss once daily – this removes any food debris stuck between the teeth that would otherwise cause damage to the teeth and gums
- Visit us on a routine basis (every 6 months) – this is so we can assess your smile in depth and clean away any tartar that cannot be removed by brushing alone
- Attend periodontal check-ups – this ensures any gum disease is identified and treated before it becomes problematic or severe
- Have oral cancer screenings – oral cancer can be deadly so it is very important to take note of any sores that do not go away within two weeks, and have oral cancer screenings regularly
- Avoid tobacco products and excessive alcohol use – both these consumables have been linked directly to causing or exacerbating oral cancer