Ask the Experts: Put on your best smile in 2023 with Dr Malcolm

Dr Malcolm Duff from Face Value Dental, Brisbane dentist
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It’s January, the time of year we make promises (that we may or may not keep) to be better versions of ourselves. Here are some simple habits from Brisbane dentist, Dr Malcolm from Face Value Dental, that you can start today to prioritise your smile this year.

Brush your teeth twice a day for two minutes 

Two minutes is the amount of time needed for adequate plaque removal when brushing your teeth (with fluoride toothpaste!).

When plaque builds up on your teeth, it eats away at your enamel, causing cavities and decay.

You dentist says two minutes twice per day is the gold standard for ensuring healthy teeth.

Floss your teeth daily, your dentist will tell you

While most of us are good at brushing our teeth regularly, flossing often gets forgotten.

This is a problem because brushing alone only removes 60% of plaque and can increase your chances of developing interdental cavities.

Flossing at least once a day is your best defence against decay.

Cut back on sugary food and drinks 

Excessive consumption of sugar is bad for your teeth because it helps to create acids that dissolve tooth enamel.

This leaves your pearly whites vulnerable to decay.

This is why your dentist is a big fans of everything in moderation, cutting back on damaging sugars is essential for a healthy smile.

Visit the dentist every six months 

No matter how diligent you are at brushing and flossing, there’s always the possibility of oral health concerns arising.

Visiting the dentist every six months for a routine check-up and clean allows problems to be detected early and helps you avoid costly and invasive procedures. 

If it’s been more than six months since your last visit to the dentist, get in touch with the team at Face Value Dental to book an appointment and give your teeth the love they deserve in 2023.

You can contact Brisbane dentist Face Value Dental on (07) 3221 0677, or visit the website at

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