Looking after your teeth and gums
“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” — Benjamin Franklin
We cannot stress enough the importance of visiting your Dentist for regular checkups.
Early detection of problems and affordable tooth cleaning is preferable to long, painful and expensive treatments down the road.
Brushing, flossing and mouthwash are no alternative to professional dental care. If you already have a Dentist, we encourage you to continue seeing him or her - they know your dental health better than anyone.
If you need a referral, we can recommend some excellent Dentists in the locality.
The following is general oral health advice. If you have been given specific instructions by your Dentist or Hygienist, continue following their advice
Toothbrushing and flossing
Brush your natural teeth using toothpaste and a soft or medium toothbrush twice a day. The Modified Bass Technique is recommended if you have stong healthy teeth and minimal gum recession. Here is a video tutorial.
Flossing is recommended once per day to clean areas where the toothbrush can’t reach.
Occasional use of interdental brushes will greatly help clean in-between the teeth. Use them gently to avoid injuring the gums around the tooth.
The gums also need attention even if you no longer have natural teeth. Use a soft adult or childrens toothbrush with a small amount of toothpaste to gently massage the gums roof of the mouth and tongue. This cleans the soft tissue to maintain healthy tissue.
Treating ulcers and pressure sores
- Stir 2-3 teaspoons of table salt in a glass of luke-warm water.
- Rinse thoroughly for 60 seconds.
- Repeat 3 times daily following meals and once last thing at night.
- Apply Bonjela, Kin Sensi, Medi-Gel or similar to the denture in the area of the soreness.
Common diseases of the mouth
- Gingivitis (gum diease)
- Periodontitis (Periodontal diesase, advanced gum disease)
- Angular chelitis (perleche)
- Denture-based stomatitis (oral thrush)
- Xerostomia (dry mouth)
- Sjögrens syndrome
- Mouth cancer