Oral Health Tips

A healthy smile goes beyond seeing your dentist once a year. It starts at home. Keep your mouth, teeth and gums healthy with these oral health tips.

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Oral Health is Overall Health

There’s a reason your dentist wants you to look after your teeth. Good oral health affects your overall physical and emotional wellbeing.

So, while as dentists we want you to hold onto your natural teeth well into old age, we’re also looking out for your heart health and mental wellbeing. 

Daily Oral Health Tips

Simple hygiene habits are all you need to keep your teeth and gums healthy. How many of these habits are you doing every day?

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Brushing your teeth for 2 minutes


Brushing twice a day


Using a fluoride toothpaste


Flossing every day


Visiting your dentist regularly


Avoiding smoking


Limiting your sugar intake


Eating a diet rich in whole foods

How Kiwis Oral Health Stacks Up


50% of Adults

don’t go to the dentist

Regular dental checkups can detect tooth decay and prevent tooth loss, especially as you age. Visit your dentist at least once a year. Find out what to expect at your dental checkup.

More than

21% of Kiwis

have periodontal disease

Periodontal disease is caused by poor oral hygiene habits that let plaque buildup on teeth and gums. Daily flossing and effective brushing and a diet low in sugar help prevent gum disease from developing.

More than 

25% of People

have untreated cavities

Cavities in children are preventable and are often related to a diet high in sugar and processed foods. Dentistry is free for children under 18. Learn how to protect your child’s teeth from cavities.