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27 Apr, 2023

Dental Hygiene is an area we often neglect. We don’t pay much attention to it, learn more about our teeth until they start to ache, but with most things in life, maintenance is important. I had a chat to Jeanne, she’s a dental hygienist in Swakopmund. 

How do you avoid tooth decay in kids?

Create a tooth brushing routine.

Help kids from ages eight years old and younger brush their teeth, but supervise until age 11.

Visit the dentist regularly.

Brush with fluoride.

Floss often and very important, limit sugar intake especially those hiding in drinks. 


Tooth Whitening – what do I need to know beforehand?

Clean teeth will whiten better. 

Restorations and fillings won’t whiten teeth either. 

Professional whitening can last up to 3 years.

The cost of professional whitening can vary. 

You may want to change your diet when bleaching your teeth.

Your teeth might be sensitive for a few hours after bleaching.

Bleaching does not weaken the enamel.


Not taking care of your oral health can cause problems such as dry mouth, gum recession,

tooth pain, gum disease, and more. Dry mouth can increase your risk of gum disease and cavities. When your salivary glands don’t produce enough saliva

to wash away oral bacteria, germs can accumulate inside your mouth, raising your risk for

gingivitis and tooth decay.


You may be able to minimize your risk of tooth loss during and after menopause by               

maintaining excellent dental hygiene. Brushing after meals with fluoridated toothpaste,         

flossing daily and eating a balanced diet can keep your teeth and gums healthier. Visiting       

 your dentist twice a year can help you stay on top of any dental problems and can alert you   

to issues early when treatment is most effective. A healthy diet is essential to providing your   

teeth and gums with the nutrients they need to stay healthy.


Here’s Jeanne’s contact details for more information or to make an appointment:

Telephone: 064 402 828

Stadtmitte Building No 17, First Floor, Swakopmund


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