Keeping Your Entire Mouth Healthy
- Brushing your teeth should be done at least twice a day. Brushing should be done gently and slowly with a soft brush. Force and a hard brush can hurt your gums and damage tooth enamel. Each brushing session should take around two minutes.
- Flossing: Once a day, use dental floss or a small interdental brush to clean between your teeth. This enables you to remove hard to reach debris and plaque.
- Clean your tongue: Work from as far back as possible towards the front. Using a soft toothbrush or tongue scraper, clean the entire surface of your tongue gently, and then rinse your mouth. This will also help for bad breath.
Watch What Goes in Your Mouth
- Avoid sugary or acidic foods when possible. Bacteria which cause tooth decay and erosion thrive on these sorts of food. If you do eat them, rinse your mouth with water or brush your teeth as soon as possible.
- Give up smoking: Smoking and tobacco use has been shown to cause dental problems and contribute to oral cancer and tooth loss through gum disease.
Watch for Potential Problems
- Be observant at all times. Check regularly that your gums are pink and hug the teeth. Notice if there is any bleeding or pain when you brush your teeth. If you are in doubt, call us at 808-748-4985.
Common Dental Problems
- Cavities or holes in your teeth are caused by decay eating away the enamel on your teeth, while Gum Erosion involves the enamel being worn down by acid in our food and drink. Erosion can cause pain as well as weaken the tooth structure resulting in fracturing or tooth loss.
- Gum disease or periodontal disease causes your gums to swell, bleed or become tender as they become infected. Early diagnosis is important as gum disease can result in tooth loss and damage to the bones which support them.
- Bad Breath or halitosis can be more than just embarrassing or an indication of poor oral hygiene, a bad diet or smoking. It can also be a sign of gum disease or other health problems.
- Reduced saliva flow, or dry mouth, affects the mouth’s tooth-washing function which tries to clean away debris and bacteria after you eat. A dry mouth can result from certain diseases, medications or smoking and tobacco use. It can cause a persistent sore throat, swallowing difficulties, dry nasal passages and hoarseness.
- Tooth sensitivity is usually triggered by hot or cold temperature or sweetness. Brushing and flossing may also cause sensitivity. Using fluoride toothpaste helps strengthen the enamel and special toothpastes are available for sensitive teeth.