Oral Hygiene

Regular dental visits are critical for good oral hygiene at any age.

At Tooth Crusader we promote good dental hygiene treatment which involves professional cleaning to remove plaque, calculus (tartar), and stains from your teeth. However, perhaps our most important role is providing the education to properly care for your teeth and gums.

We would always suggest that you have a check-up and clean every 6 months. Our NO Gap policy for all general clean, check-up, and x-rays allows you to use your private health fund so you have no additional out of pocket expense.

At the same time we can also take casre of your kids under the Child Dental Benefits Scheme, through Medicare if you qualify. This is great for the little ones so over time Dr Kelly Tse can monitor the health of your kids teeth which is essential for their quality of life in the future.

Frequently Asked Questions from our patients:

How do I brush my teeth correctly?
When brushing your teeth it is best to place your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle to your teeth, aiming the bristles of your brush toward the gum line. The join between the teeth and the gum is a great spot for bacteria and plaque to accumulate, so it is important to get to this area. Once you have your brush at the correct angle, all you need to do is jiggle the brush gently back and forward, only brushing one or two teeth at a time. Don’t be excessively vigorous but also don’t be too mild. Remember, you are trying to penetrate the bristles into the gaps between teeth to remove very soft plaque. You need to be systematic, brushing all of your teeth in order, inside and outside and you really should do it in front of a mirror so you can see what you are doing.

If you are still not sure Dr Kelly Tse can use the Oral-B demo kit to really show you how to do this right.

How long should I brush my teeth for?
Proper brushing should take two to three minutes. Most electric toothbrushes have timers built in, other wise I know many of my patients use egg timers or ad breaks on TV as a measure.

How often should I brush my teeth?
You should brush your teeth at least twice a day. Remember it is important to have the right brushing technique as poor brushing techniques can cause harm to the teeth and gums.

If brushing all I should do?
NO. Good brushing is very important to help prevent dental decay and periodontal disease, however brushing alone is not enough. It is also very important to clean between your teeth. This is why flossing is so important.

How often should I floss?
I would suggest flossing once a day.

What is the correct way to floss?
Holding floss is the key. You should have a decent length and make sure it is tightly wrapped around and locked onto the middle finger of each hand. Some companies also make small flossing aids. You should floss using a gentle sawing motion, against the sides of your teeth. If you find this tricky come and talk to me about it. There are many other oral hygiene aids that can be used and I can show you exactly how to use them. Remember, Tooth Crusader Fights for teeth!

What should I do if my gums bleed after brushing and flossing?
If your gums bleed or become sore after flossing, do not panic. If you have not been flossing regularly then the gums will be inflamed and will bleed more easily. If the bleeding persists call us.

How do I choose a good toothbrush?
The best toothbrush is one with a small head and soft bristles. Electric toothbrushes such as the Oral-B Vitality is a good low cost choice, particularly for people who find proper brushing techniques difficult to master.

Why are there so many toothpastes to choose from?
Like all products we have many choices. Choose a toothpaste that contains fluoride as this combined with minerals in your saliva toughen your tooth enamel and help stop decay. If you have special needs please to me and I will help guide you through.

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