Dr Philip Makepeace

123 Bargara Rd, Bundaberg, QLD, 4670

Bundaberg Dentist Practicing Preventive Dentistry


Preventive dentistry is an important aspect of maintaining healthy teeth and gums.

Early intervention can go a long way in maintaining your natural teeth for life. Preventing tooth decay is the most effective method for avoiding further complications and the need for expensive and complex procedures.

Maintaining a good oral health routine

Maintaining a clean and healthy mouth is the most effective method to prevent tooth decay and periodontal disease. Practicing an effective daily dental routine which adequately cleans the teeth and gums is a simple and effective way of maintaining good hygiene.

  • Brush – Thoroughly brush your teeth after every meal. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste to get the job done properly.
  • Rinse – Rinse your mouth carefully after every meal with water and, if possible, mouth wash. Particularly, rinse well after drinking sugary drinks, tea or coffee.
  • Floss – Floss between the teeth every single day. If you have wider gaps between your teeth, interdental brushes are a more effective way of adequately cleaning between the teeth.

Practice this good brushing technique to ensure adequate cleaning of each and every tooth

  • Place your brush at a 45-degree angle to the point at which the tooth meets the gum line
  • Ensure you brush every tooth individually for about 10 seconds
  • Apply gentle pressure as you move the brush back and forth in a circular motion
  • Use the same brushing action on all outer and inner tooth surfaces, tilting the brush as needed to better reach the insides of the front teeth.
  • Don’t forget to brush your tongue to remove bacteria build-ups and to freshen your breath

Maintain a good healthy diet:

  • Avoid foods and drinks that are high in sugar and very acidic, like lollies, chips, chocolate, processed foods, soft drinks and fruit juice
  • Drink plenty of water
  • Don’t smoke
  • Eat lots of crunchy vegetables
  • Eat a well-balanced diet that’s as fresh as possible

Regular check-ups for early intervention

Maintain regular check-ups with your dentist so that any problems with the teeth and gums can be caught early and treated. This will mean fewer problems going forward and will avoid the need for expensive and complicated procedures.

Know the signs of decay

Don’t ignore symptoms like toothaches and sensitivity. If you notice something unusual, see your dentist. Be on the look-out for black, brown or grey spots on the teeth, persistent bad breath, red, inflamed or bleeding gums, and the sensation of loose teeth.

Are you looking for a Bundaberg dentist for your next check-up?

At our friendly practice, you can feel relaxed during your dental appointments. Book a consultation with our team today.

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