Why is good dental health so important? A dentist explains.


2 minutes

11 April 2023

“Brush twice a day, and don’t forget to floss!” It’s the dental advice we all try to live by, but did you know that snacking in between meals is something to be mindful of too? An HBF Dental dentist fills us in on avoiding fillings.

In simple terms, good dental health means that you have a clean mouth free from disease. Good dental health is achieved by looking after your teeth and gums.

A clean mouth reduces your risk of developing problems such as tooth decay and gum disease and the need for treatments such as fillings and veneers.

There are several things you can do to look after your teeth and gums.

These include:

  • Brushing and flossing teeth thoroughly twice a day, ideally after breakfast and before going to bed in the evening
  • Cleaning your teeth using a circular motion
  • Brushing your gums gently
  • Using a fluoridated toothpaste
  • Limiting snacking between meals
  • Eating a healthy low sugar diet
"You should visit your dentist every six months for a check-up. Regular check-ups help identify any potential problems with your teeth and gums so they can be treated early." says Abraham Al-Qaysi, Dentist at HBF Dental

How can I cover the cost of dental?

With 100% back on your first scale and clean each year* and no annual limit for preventative dental on select covers, HBF extras cover helps keep you smiling.

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HBF Dental is now open at 8 convenient locations across the greater Perth area with more centres coming soon. As a Member Plus provider, HBF members can get even more value from their cover by choosing HBF Dental – including 100% back on your first scale and clean*.

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*For eligible members when provided by a Member Plus provider. Subject to annual limits. Waiting periods may apply.


This article contains general information only and does not take into account the health, personal situation or needs of any person. In conjunction with your GP or treating health care professional, please consider whether the information is suitable for you and your personal circumstances.