Most of our New Year’s resolution’s may be long forgotten by now, but why not consider making your dentist very happy by vowing to regularly improve your oral health in though 2017 and beyond.
So, to get you all off to a great start, we thought that we would offer some top oral care tips that will hopefully help to keep you trouble free from dental problems in the new year.
1. Brush, brush, brush
Brush your teeth twice a day for two minutes using a toothpaste containing fluoride. The brushing action alone will help to remove plaque (which will lead to tooth decay if left alone), while fluoride will help to strengthen your tooth enamel.
2. Reach every surface
Clean in between your teeth using floss or interdental brushes once a day. Don’t forget to brush your tongue to rid it of nasty bacteria.
3. Deal with tooth grinding or clenching
Now not all of us know that we do this. Sometimes it happens while you sleep. Not many people know that your dentist can help with this. If you experience any of these problems, ask you dentist how they can help.
4. Keep sugar to mealtimes
Restrict sugary snacks to mealtimes, so you’re subjecting your teeth to fewer ‘acid attacks’ throughout the day. Better yet, cut back altogether if you can.
5. Keep fizzy drinks and smoothies to a minimum
Sports drinks and smoothies (unless you make them yourself) contain huge amounts of sugar so limit your intake of these.
6. Replace your toothbrush
Replace your toothbrush every few months. Once the bristles start to wear and spread they won’t be able to clean your teeth effectively.
7. Apples can help your teeth stay healthy
An apple helps both your teeth and your all-around oral hygiene. Think of it as a natural toothbrush. Just make sure you don’t brush until at least 30 minutes after eating an apple.
8. Come and see us
Make sure you visit your hygienist every 6 months. They’ll be able to spot the early signs of decay or gum disease and take action before they become a bigger – and more costly – problem.
9. Sport a mouthguard
If you play any kind of sport that involves physical contact, wear a mouth guard – it could save your smile.
10. Ditch the cigarettes
If you’re a smoker – quit! Smoking is terrible for your teeth, as well as your overall health.
Hopefully these few simple, and easy to do tips will help you to have healthy teeth and gums this year, and we are always available should any problems arise. If you notice any discomfort or soreness at all, always have it checked by a dentist before the pain becomes worse and more damage occurs.
Written by the Ten Dental+Facial Team