Careful attention to oral health key to keeping your smile (via: http://www.northernstar.com.au)

4 Feb

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THERE’S more to oral health care than a beautiful smile and keeping your teeth and mouth healthy requires more than just daily brushing.

Often the condition of the mouth mirrors the overall condition of the body and poor oral health can have a significant negative impact on quality of life and this applies for all ages, including seniors.

“Good oral health care is often just about creating good habits and sticking to them,” explained Dr Remo Fanelli of Fanelli Dental.

“Knowing what products are available and finding the ones that work best for you is often half the battle.

“It’s vital to build an oral health care plan into your daily routine to ensure your mouth and teeth stay healthy for years to come.”

Dr Fanelli and oral care expert, CareDent, provides some simple tips that should be part of everyone’s oral health plan no matter what age.

Firstly, choose the right toothbrush and replace it regularly. Bristles should be sturdy enough to remove plaque but not hard enough to cause damage.

Dentists advise brushing at least twice a day and to replace your toothbrush every three months or sooner.

Floss daily to remove plaque from areas of your mouth toothbrushes can’t reach.

Seeing a dentist regularly helps to keep your mouth in top shape and allows your dentist to watch for developments that may point to other health issues.

Source: http://www.northernstar.com.au/news/oral-health/2530985/

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