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Bupa Dental LogoWe are excited to announce that we will now be known as Bupa Dental Toowong.

Our practice’s long standing commitment to providing high quality dental care aligns perfectly with Bupa’s philosophy of being a health and care partner for customers.

We have refurbished our practice to help improve our patient experience, with modern dental rooms and technology in a more comfortable environment.

If you have any questions about the changes or wish to book your next appointment, please visit our new website or contact our friendly team on (07) 3870 3220.

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Oral Health Tips

It takes more than just regular brushing and flossing to maintain good oral health. Although different people have different oral health needs, there are ways of keeping our teeth and gums healthy that may be universally applied. If you take the time to follow these oral care tips, you will not only reduce the likelihood of dental maladies, you will enjoy the benefits of having a radiant and beautiful smile.

Go for regular dental checks

It is advisable that every person visit their dentist for regular checks at least two times a year. It doesn’t take long for bacteria and plaque to develop. Regular monitoring and close inspection of your teeth and gums will significantly increase the likelihood of spotting a dental problem in its early stages. It is also much easier – not to mention, cheaper – to deal with the problem using minimally invasive methods, without having to resort to more involved procedures like oral surgery. Using specialised diagnostic equipment, the dentist is also in the best position to identify the following problems:

  • Cuts, lesions, growths or swelling on your tongue, cheeks or gums
  • Minor chips or cracks
  • Loosened tooth/ teeth
  • Misaligned bite
  • Discolouration (that may indicate an underlying condition)
  • Spots, lesions, swelling or growths on the roof or bottom of your mouth or under your lips

Such oral examinations are more critical if you are a frequent tobacco user (i.e. chain smoker) as you would be at an increased risk of developing oral cancer. Smokers are also more likely to develop bad breath, gum disease, stained tooth and other general health conditions.

Eat a well-balanced diet

Making the right choices about the types of food and drinks you consume will benefit your oral health just as much as it does your overall health. Although the choices you make that benefit your oral health tend to benefit the rest of your body, the reasons for doing so may be slightly different. On the whole, you should try to eat a variety of foods that form a well-balanced diet. As best as you can, avoid sugary and starchy foods as they create the most acid in your mouth, which encourages tooth decay. If you can’t resist snacking on such foods, remember to brush and floss immediately after consuming them. If you are unable to brush right after eating, you can try chewing on a sugarless gum.

Know your own oral condition and oral health requirements

Just like no two dental patients are alike, everyone has different oral health needs. As such, it is vitally important to find out about your specific conditions and needs. Talk to your dental care professionals. They will be able to conduct examinations and study your medical/dental records to help you understand your oral health status, and perhaps highlight certain aspects of your oral condition that deserve closer attention and care.

Even medical conditions like diabetes, pregnancy and heart disease can affect your oral health. Your dentist needs to be informed about any medication you are taking on a regular basis that may have an impact on your teeth and gums. The key is to find out early so that you can work on preventative measures with your dentist to safeguard the long-term health of your teeth and gums.

Stick to your at-home cleaning regime

You’ve all heard this before but there really is no substitute for regular brushing and flossing. The reason it is repeated so often is because it works. Find an active oral hygiene maintenance routine that is easy for you to follow through. As mentioned, you also need to be aware of your specific oral conditions so that you can design a maintenance regime that suits your particular needs. Once you’ve established the daily at-home programme, stick to it! There’s no better way to prevent a potentially painful and expensive procedure than committing to a brushing/flossing routine everyday.

Beyond that, you should also visit a dentist at least twice a year for prophylactic cleans. Certain plaque and tartar are so stubborn they cannot be removed by normal brushing/ flossing and will require professional cleaning. Fluoride applications also work a charm for both children and adults as an effective cavity prevention measure.

Finally, don’t be afraid to ask your dentist questions about your oral health needs. Remember, there is no such thing as a silly question. This is especially true if you are considering treatment options. Make sure you know everything there is to know before making the decision. Your oral health depends on it.

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