Oral Hygiene

For long term health of teeth and gums, oral hygiene is everything.

While still in the cradle an infant will have quite a few first teeth which the their parent will need to gently clean as premature loss of these teeth will lead to the adult teeth coming through crowded.

As a growing child, family brushing sessions are good as they will copy their parent’s brushing and flossing habits.

As teenagers, oral hygiene will tend to lapse until they discover the opposite sex.

Once young adults, often living independently for work or study, the routine of family dentist visits ceases.  Irregular meals on the move, of fast food and sugary drinks and less attention paid to their teeth can result in undetected dental disease which can end in a dental crisis of advanced tooth decay and advancing gum disease.  This is the time for parents of young adults in their 20s and 30s to remind them to keep up with check ups.

By the 40s, 50s, 60s and older many of us are on medications which will reduce our amount of saliva and as a result tooth decay can become a problem.

If an elderly person is confined to hospital or aged care facility and the staff are not taking moderate care of their teeth, dental decay can become rampant.  It is recommended that family either clean their teeth or arranging with staff that good cleaning be done.

Women’s dental health is more reliant on good oral hygiene as changes in hormone levels at stages such as puberty, pregnancy, breastfeeding and menopause make then more vulnerable to tooth and gum disease

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