Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Dental Hygiene

Everyone knows the importance of maintaining good dental hygiene but sadly, it is something that many of us overlook. And it is does not have to be difficult, pricey or time-consuming to look after your teeth, not only will having a healthy mouth make you feel good, but you’ll also look good, as your teeth will be white, healthy looking and attractive, but your overall health will be improved as problems with your teeth can spread to other parts of the body such as vital organs such as the heart which is why you cannot afford to neglect your teeth. Here are 5 top tips on keeping your teeth healthy:

Visit your dentist every 6 months without fail

Nobody really likes going to the dentist. Even if you aren’t experiencing any pain and everything seems to be fine, you could still be suffering from small cavities, gum problems or worse. And by the time you get pain it means that it is too late and that treatment will be needed. By regular trips to the dentist it means your need for any drastic treatment is reduced because the problems will be spotted before they get to that stage. Plus your dentist will be able to advise you if your oral hygiene is lacking so can sort out a plan of action with you to make sure serious problems don’t develop.

Brush your teeth at least twice a day

By skimping on brushing your teeth you will at the least have bad breath but also bacteria and decay will build up on your teeth and can lead to cavities and you needing fillings. If possible you should try and brush your teeth between meals, if this isn’t possible, rinsing with water or eating a sugar free chewing gum can help by encouraging saliva production to wash away and neutralize the acid build up. If plaque is left on teeth this can lead to gingivitis (inflammation of the gums) the good news is it is completely reversible as once the plaque is removed the gums can then recover.

Remember to Floss!

Unfortunately toothbrushes do not always remove every particle of food and plaque build up from in between teeth which is why it is important to floss twice a day. Correct technique is essential because improper use can cause bleeding gums so talk to your dentist or hygienist. Having a proper professional clean by a dentist will also remove any residue that has built up over time.

Limit the amount of artificial sugar in your diet

Many foods today contain sugar, even naturally occurring sugar so it is somewhat hard to cut out of our diets completely but it is the artificial ones we need to worry about. Everything in moderation is acceptable but it is a good idea to avoid sugary foods and drinks between meals to give your teeth a chance to be remineralised by the saliva. Try to avoid drinking fizzy drinks and citrus fruit juices between meals as these will encourage tooth erosion and decay.

Cut down on your drinking and stop smoking

Alcohol and Tobacco are one of teeth’s worst enemies. Alcohol dramatically increases your risk of tooth decay as many alcoholic drinks and mixers contain a lot of sugar. Smoking not only leaves teeth yellow but you are at an increased risk of developing mouth cancer, gum disease and worst case scenario, tooth loss. Limiting both of these especially Tobacco not only will promote healthy teeth and gums but also a healthy body.

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