Make oral health a priority

EXPERT OPINION: Dr Manuel Velarde, from Singleton Dental Care, believes passionately in maintaining effective oral health.

EXPERT OPINION: Dr Manuel Velarde, from Singleton Dental Care, believes passionately in maintaining effective oral health.

Oral Health for Busy Lives is the theme of this year’s Dental Health Week, which runs from August 7 to 13.

An initiative of the Australian Dental Association (ADA), the aim of the week is to help you appreciate that no matter how busy you are, it is possible to fit caring for your teeth and gums into an already-overcrowded diary. 

MUST FLOSS: Simply brushing does not effectively clean a large portion of your teeth. Flossing helps prevent gum disease, tooth decay, and bad breath.

MUST FLOSS: Simply brushing does not effectively clean a large portion of your teeth. Flossing helps prevent gum disease, tooth decay, and bad breath.

Dr Manuel Velarde, owner and dentist of Singleton Dental Care, is passionate about oral health and firmly believes prevention is better than cure when it comes to dental decay.

With over 19 years serving the dental needs of Singleton, Dr Velarde is proactive about oral health, employing an in-house hygienist, Priya.

“Priya has years of experience and takes great satisfaction in educating  patients in all aspects of ongoing oral health, including dietary considerations, choice of toothbrush, how to brush properly and maintenance of oral health,” a spokesperson for Singleton Dental Care said.   

Treating dental health as an ‘optional extra’ can lead to big problems later. The ADA recommends the following;

Brush your teeth for at least two minutes, twice a day, with fluoride toothpaste.

Use a soft-bristled toothbrush with small head and flexible neck. Clean teeth systematically, holding the toothbrush at gumline at a 45-degree angle. Don’t press too hard – you may damage gums and tooth enamel. Replace your toothbrush every three months.

Make daily flossing part of your oral hygiene regime.

Ask your dentist to demonstrate the correct flossing technique, and whether interdental brushes or floss holders will help your flossing. Children should also start flossing as soon as they have two teeth that touch.

Limit your sugar intake, as it is the single biggest cause of tooth decay.

Avoid fizzy drinks – fluoridated tap water is best.  Read the ingredients label  to check for hidden sugar.  

Have regular dental check-ups.

Be sure to visit your dentist at least once a year and your hygienist every six months.

Wear a mouthguard.

Each year, thousands of adults and children are treated for dental injuries that could have been prevented or minimised by simply wearing a mouthguard.

Singleton Dental Care  offers extensive experience, individualised treatment and latest technologies to help   patients maintain oral health.

Manuel and his team provide a full range of services for the whole family to maintain good oral health including dental restorations, oral hygiene, extractions, veneers, crowns and bridges, implants and  whitening, and also welcome new patients.

For more info  visit www.singletondental.com.au.