Looking ahead to the holiday
At this time of year, many of us are thinking ahead to the summer holidays – and while it’s partly a wistful winter longing for the sun and warmth of summer, it’s also practical, since a break as important as the summer holidays can’t be left until the last minute.
And there will be a good few people among us who are already putting some plans into action so that we can be at our best during the holidays. Maybe by starting a healthy eating regime to get steadily to a target weight, or getting in shape by going on the treadmill or swimming, it’s good to take a long term view of these things and achieve them slowly but steadily.
And while we’re looking at things to do in order to be at our radiant best for the summer, why not think about making your smile shine even brighter?
First things first: get a check-up booked
The first thing to do is – if you don’t get regular check-ups or have left it a while since the last one – get your teeth looked at by a dentist. That way if there are any problems they’ll be discovered sooner rather than later. This is actually the most important reason for being checked regularly. Because the longer any dental problems are left, the more involved they’re likely to become.
Get oral health advice
It’s also worth asking the dentist about ways to ensure you’re doing all you can to maintain a healthy mouth. Dental health professionals will be able to give advice about various things including the best type of toothbrush to use, when and how to floss, and so on. Dentists will also be able to give you more general advice about things to do to keep your teeth in good shape – things like (you’ve guessed it!) not smoking.
Sometimes – especially if it’s been a while since our teeth have been professionally cleaned – a trip to see the hygienist can make all the difference. The hygienist will be able to get rid of any plaque build up, and leave your mouth feeling shiny and brand new – and that’s a reason to smile!
Eat for tooth health
If you can avoid fizzy drinks most of the time then you’ll be doing your teeth a favour. Calcium is essential for healthy teeth, so make sure that you’re getting the recommended daily amount. Milk and yogurt are good sources, and also low in acidity.
Summer’s on its way…
Or it will be, eventually – so why not incorporate dental health into your spring wellbeing regime along with any other plans you’re working on for getting fit, weight loss and so on. That way, when the holidays arrive, your smile will be at its best along with the rest of you.
The author of this article is Jenny Jones, a health and wellbeing blogger with an interest in dental insurance topics as well as nutrition and stress management.