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Brushing Technique

Place a small amount of toothpaste on your brush no more than a pea size amount. Then place your toothbrush on your front and rear gums and teeth on about a 45 degree angle. Using a small circular motion or flicking motion with your wrist, to remove the plaque. Spending around 5 to 10 seconds on each tooth. Try to avoid scrubbing back and forth. On the biting and grinding surfaces of your teeth, you can move the brush back and forth using more force than the front and back teeth. You need to clean every surface of your teeth so this includes the inside of your upper and lower teeth. This can be difficult using a flicking motion can be the most effective. Using a scrubbing technique does not effectively remove the plaque and can cause damage to your teeth and gums. To help avoid bad breath brush the surface of the tongue and close to the gum line.

Flossing

Everyday flossing is important for good oral hygiene. It is the most effective way to remove plaque from those hard to reach places. As a toothbrush cannot clean in between the teeth. Using a ribbon type of flossing will be easier to glide up and down between your teeth.

Using to hands grab a 30-45cm length of floss, wrapping it around your middle and index fingers. Grip the floss between your thumb and index fingers with each hand leaving about 5cm gab. Gently direct the floss between each tooth. Move it slowly up and down between each tooth, trying to avoid flicking it into your gums. Scrape the floss down each inner surface of the tooth removing the plaque as you go along.

Mouthguards

When should I wear a mouthguard?

Mouthguards should be worn whilst playing and training for any sport. Sports where there is a possibility of contact to the face. These sports can include football, soccer, hockey, netball, basketball, baseball and even skateboarding or skiing. Just like having the correct shoes and sporting equipment, all people need to have and wear a custom made mouthguard.

Accidents and Injuries

Sporting accidents is one of the most common causes of dental injuries. Damaged or knocked out teeth, broken jaws and cut lips can be sustained when playing sport. These dental injuries can be avoided or minimised by wearing a protective custom fitted mouthguard. Mouthguards help to absorb and spread the impact of a blow to your face, which otherwise may result in an injury to your mouth or jaw.

These dental injuries may result in time of school or work to recover. It can be painful and disfiguring and may require lengthy and complex dental treatment. The cost of an injury to your teeth or jaw far exceeds the cost of a custom made mouthguard.

Why Custom Mouthguards Are Best

Custom fitted mouthguards provide a far better fit than ‘over the counter’ mouthguards. ‘Over the counter’ mouthguards are far less effective they can be bulky and uncomfortable as they don’t fit as well. Custom made mouthguards are made individually for your mouth. A custom fitted mouthguard is comfortable, well fitted, allows you to speak clearly, wont shift or fall out and will not restrict your breathing.

It’s important to have your mouthguard assessed by your dentist, at your regular dental check-ups. To ensure your mouthguard is still fitting correctly for maximum protection of your mouth. You may need a replacement if your mouthguard has been damaged. If your child has a mouthguard it will need to be replace when all the adult teeth have come through.

How To Care For Your Mouthguard
  • Rinse in cold water only after use
  • Store in a hard/rigid plastic container
  • Keep out of direct sunlight- mouthguards will change shape and distort in high temperatures
  • Clean your mouthguard weekly (when been used regularly) with a soft toothbrush and soapy cold water or mouth rinse.
  • Have your mouthguard assessed by your dentist at your regular dental check-ups
  • Replace mouthguard if it gets damaged

Please contact the surgery with any further questions 9808 1108