Four Things That Should Be on Your Back-To-School Oral Health Checklist

If you have school-age children, you are probably busy ensuring they have everything needed for the new school year, but what about their oral health? We’ve listed four easy steps you can take to make sure their teeth and gums are in great shape.

Book a Dental Exam

Booking a back-to-school dental exam will ensure that any signs of problems like tooth decay can be treated quickly so your child won’t be in discomfort or pain or need to miss school. We can also assess their general dental health and provide other preventive treatments like dental sealants or fluoride treatments.

Stock up on Dental Hygiene Supplies

When you’re out shopping, why not stock up on new toothbrushes and fluoridated toothpaste? Toothbrushes need replacing every three months, so the new school year is a good time to renew old toothbrushes.

Plan Healthy School Lunches

Commit to packing healthy school lunches for your child, including yoghurt, fresh fruit, veggies, cheese, and milk.

Get a Sports Mouthguard

Every year we see dental injuries caused during sporting events and where the severity could have been reduced or eliminated using a well-fitting mouthguard. Our dental practice can make custom-fitted sports mouthguards that are comfortable to wear and provide maximum protection.

Everything You Need to Know about Bad Breath

Around a quarter of the population suffer from bad breath, and there are various causes. While it can be due to the foods you eat, it’s more often because of a lack of oral hygiene. The proper name for bad breath is halitosis, and it can be embarrassing and cause anxiety. The good news is that often it is easy to treat bad breath.

Book a Dental Checkup

If you are concerned you have halitosis, book a dental checkup so we can assess your oral health to check for any dental problems that may be causing halitosis. Untreated tooth decay and gum disease can cause bad breath. Xerostomia or dry mouth where you cannot produce enough saliva is another common problem. Without saliva, bacteria can more easily build up, and your risk of dental disease increases.

During your checkup, we can also assess your dental hygiene. Often, people will miss areas when they brush and floss or do not floss frequently enough. We can review your oral care routine with you and offer useful advice on how to improve it.

Sometimes undiagnosed medical problems can cause halitosis, such as metabolic diseases and gastro-oesophageal reflux disease or GERD. If we cannot find the reason for bad breath, we may suggest you see your GP.

Dental Health Week, Keep Your Smile for Life

It will soon be Dental Health Week here in Australia as this event runs from the 2nd to the 8th of August. It is the Australian Dental Association’s major promotional campaign where dentists everywhere aim to educate patients about the importance of looking after their oral health. The theme for 2021 is keeping your smile for life. Our practice promotes good oral health year-round, but Dental Health Week is an ideal opportunity to raise awareness of the importance of taking care of your teeth and gums.

The campaign’s key messages are very straightforward but can make a real difference to your dental health. They include brushing twice daily with fluoride toothpaste and cleaning between your teeth with dental floss or interdental brushes. Regular dental checkups are vital for preventive care, as often we can detect any small changes to your dental health before you notice anything is wrong. Eating healthily and avoiding too much sugar will help you maintain strong and healthy cavity-free teeth. Your teeth are meant to last for life and can certainly do this with proper dental care.

Losing teeth shouldn’t be considered a normal part of getting older, and when you visit our practice regularly, we can work with you to help you enjoy a healthy smile for life.