Family guide to Oral Health

Family guide to oral health


By following this brief guide, you and your family can have healthy teeth and gums to last a lifetime. As a parent, you can work with your children to help them understand why good oral care is important — and show them how to do it right!


Four Steps to a Bright Smile


1. Brush at least twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste.


2. Floss every day.


3. Limit the number of times you eat sugary snacks each day.


4. Visit your dentist regularly and follow his/her advice.

How to brush

Remember each tooth has 5 surfaces: 4 walls and 1 chewing surface. All need to be brushed individually and thoroughly.


Fluoride – your family’s best defence

Fluoride is the best cavity fighter you can find as you guide your family to a lifetime of bright smiles! It keeps the whole family’s teeth strong — no matter what their age.


How fluoride works

Every day, the enamel on teeth is attacked by acids produced in dental plaque resulting in enamel breakdown or demineralization leading to tooth decay. Fluoride helps to repair the enamel and stop the progression of tooth decay by preventing this process and aiding remineralization. 


How to get fluoride

You can get the benefits of fluoride from a variety of sources including fluoride toothpastes and Fluoride rinses. Your dentist can also apply fluoride to your teeth in the surgery.


Snacking and tooth decay

Everyone has plaque bacteria in their mouths and when these plaque bacteria meet up with the sugars that are found in snacks such as sweets, biscuits, soft drinks, or even crisps, the plaque reacts to create acid, and a “plaque acid attack” occurs. This eventually leads to cavities if allowed to continue.


Fighting back against plaque

The good news is, you can take a stand against plaque! By brushing twice daily with a fluoride toothpaste and by reducing the number of times you snack each day, you and your family can help prevent tooth decay.


When it comes to snacking, it’s best to choose something nutritious and to snack in moderation. It’s also better to eat the whole snack at one time! Here’s why: Eating five pieces of a snack at one time exposes your teeth to possible tooth decay — for approximately 20 minutes. Nibbling on those same five pieces at five different times exposes your teeth to possible tooth decay for approximately 100 minutes. What a difference!


The dental checkup

Most importantly be sure to schedule regular dental appointments for the whole family. Remember, we are here to help you.