Keep your smile in tip-top shape by caring for them every day.
Did you know that the condition of your smile is often an indication of your overall health? There is a strong link between oral and general health. For this reason, it is important that you take good care of your teeth and gums — read on for our tips on maintaining and improving your dental health…
Don’t forget to brush twice a day
It’s no secret that brushing your teeth is key in preventing tooth decay and gum disease issues. But are you brushing regularly enough? It is advisable to brush your teeth at least twice a day for at least two minutes each time. This will help to remove plaque, bacteria and leftover food particles from your mouth. You should also brush your tongue every time you brush your teeth — this will get rid of bacteria that may have accumulated and also help to freshen your breath. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush and clean your teeth gently, making sure that you reach all surfaces.
Be gentle with your teeth
While it is essential that you brush your teeth regularly, it is equally important that you don’t over-brush your teeth. By brushing too often or for too long each time, it is possible to damage your enamel. When the enamel wears away over time, the underlying dentin is exposed, which can lead to pain and sensitivity.
Similarly, if you brush your teeth too hard, you may cause erosion of the enamel. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush and clean your teeth thoroughly but gently. Dental erosion can lead to a number of issues, including tooth decay.
Don’t skip your flossing habit
Brushing helps keep your teeth clean, but there are simply areas that cannot be properly cleaned by brushing alone. Flossing should form an important and regular part of your oral hygiene routine. The habit helps to loosen particles from between your teeth and removes plaque, which can lead to gum disease if it is left to harden. If you’re too tired to floss at night, switch your routine around— it doesn’t matter when you floss, as long as you do it at least once a day.
Stick to a healthy diet
One of the best ways to take care of your teeth is to eat a balanced diet high in whole foods and low in sugary and acidic foods and drinks. Every time you eat something containing sugar, the bacteria in your mouth convert them into acids, which attack the teeth and wear away at the enamel over time. This can lead to a range of issues, including stains and discolouration and tooth decay and cavities.
It is also best to avoid frequent snacking — eating often throughout the day (especially if you consume starchy or sweet treats) gives the bacteria in your mouth plenty of time to produce harmful acids. If you need a snack, opt for a crunchy fruit or vegetable like apples, cucumber or celery. Calcium-rich foods like plain yoghurt and cheese are also good options.
Visit your dentist
Besides practising proper oral hygiene and limiting your consumption of sugary and acidic foods and drinks, it is a good idea to see your dentist for regular check-ups and cleans. During a professional clean, any plaque and tartar will be removed from your teeth and gumline. This process cleans your teeth in a way that is not possible by brushing and flossing alone.
During a check-up, your dentist will check for any oral health issues and recommend treatment if any problems are identified. Regular check-ups can go a long way in preventing serious issues from occurring at a later stage.
How can we help?
At Dream Smiles Specialist Centre, we offer general dentistry services, including check-ups and cleans. We understand that prevention is often more affordable than a cure, which is why we encourage our patients to come in and see us every six months. If you would like to find out what a check-up and clean involves, please have a look here.
If you would like any advice on maintaining your oral health or to make an appointment, please give us a call on 07 3344 1220 or get in touch here to make an appointment.