Tips for a healthy mouth for life

Tips for a healthy mouth

  • Brush your teeth morning and night along the gum line, with a soft toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste, spit out and don't rinse. Click on this link for more information
  • Sip smart ....... drink plenty of tap water
  • Avoid sugary, acidic and fizzy drinks, especially between meals
  • Enjoy a variety of healthy foods
  • Snack smart and choose healthy foods like vegetables and fruit
  • Sugary foods and drinks are "sometimes" foods and are not for everyday
  • Chewing sugar free gum can reduce dental decay : chew after a meal if you can't clean your teeth or after drinking acidic or sugary drinks
  • Don't wait for a problem! Have regular oral health check-ups, even if you have a denture
  • Don't smoke : QUIT - phone 131848

Save that Tooth

A front tooth can be knocked out in all sorts of accidents.  Quick action could save that tooth!

  1. Keep calm and act quickly! Try to find the tooth.  Only adult teeth can be saved.  Baby teeth cannot.
  2. Phone a dental clinic to let them know you're on your way.  Make plans to get there immediately!
  3. Handle the tooth by the crown (big) end.  Avoid touching the root as this may damage the tooth and make it impossible to replant.
  4. If the tooth is dirty, wash it with milk, saline solution or water, but only for a second or two.
  5. Carefully put the adult tooth back in.  Make sure the tooth is facing the right way.  Get the person to bite on a clean cloth to hold the tooth in place until the dental professional can mange it.
  6. Can't put the tooth back in or not sure it is an adult tooth?  Carry it to the dental clinic in milk.  Do not store it in water.
  7. Seek immediate emergency (000) medical attention if there is any sign of loss of consciousness, airway or breathing difficulties, dizziness, vomiting, fainting or significant bleeding.

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