Say 'No Way!' to Tooth Decay
Updated: Apr 12
Words like “decay" or "cavities” aren't what you want to hear during a visit to the dental office. Keep your teeth healthy with these tips from our EQ Benefits Service Partner, GPA Dental Group.
Brush Twice Daily
Brushing your teeth two times a day gently and thoroughly with a soft bristle toothbrush for two minutes will greatly reduce the risk of tooth decay. It is important to focus on brushing the biting surface of the teeth, and in the sulcus (where the teeth and gums meet). Angle the toothbrush 45 degrees towards the sulcus, move the brush head horizontally, and then roll out. Use very light pressure to avoid causing damage, since the goal of brushing is to remove plaque, which is soft bacteria.
Get Some Fluoride
Fluoride is a mineral that can help strengthen teeth and potentially remineralise or arrest dental decay if caught early. Aside from consuming it through various fruits and vegetables, you can use fluoridated toothpaste or drink tap water as well.
Be Sure to Floss
Brushing alone cannot remove plaque in between teeth, so make sure you floss once daily in conjunction with brushing. Not only does flossing prevent tooth decay, it also helps keep gum disease at bay. Grab about 30 to 45 centimetres of dental floss and wrap it around each middle finger so that you have a working area of two to three centimetres. Pass it between each tooth, reach below the gum line, and move up and down, hugging the tooth. The working area should be clean when passed between each contact. If there is bleeding, which could be a sign of gingivitis, consult your dentist.
Watch What You Eat
Limit how often you consume sugary foods. When you do consume them, aim to brush an hour after eating. If you are unable to do so, try rinsing out your mouth with water instead.
Consider Trying Dental Sealants
If you have especially deep grooves on the biting surface of your teeth, your dentist may recommend sealants, which are protective coatings to make the grooves shallower. This allows for easier cleaning.
Visit the Dentist Regularly
Make it a point to visit your dentist twice a year to get an overall oral health checkup, and to remove any plaque or tartar (hard bacteria) that you might have missed.
GPA Centre For Dentistry
600 North Bridge Road, Parkview Square, #14-04/05, Singapore 188778
Tel: +65 6732 1020
GPA Dentalcare @ Goldhill
101 Thomson Road, United Square,
#01-96 to 99, Singapore 307591
Tel: +65 6251 9633