A few maintenance tips always come in handy when it comes to caring for your mouth.
Oral health is really important because it contributes a great deal to people’s quality of life. A healthy set of teeth and gums allow us to eat whatever we want without any discomfort and they allow us to feel good about the way we look. No matter who you ask, a nice smile is seen as an asset.
So how can you change your oral health regime in order to make sure that you are looking after your teeth and gums properly? Here are five tips to improve your oral hygiene and protect that smile.
Brush twice a day
It’s important that you start and finish each day by brushing your teeth so that you freshen the mouth and keep the teeth and gums lovely and clean. Choose your toothpaste according to whether you have sensitive teeth and make sure that your toothbrush is always in decent condition.
Dental floss works wonders when it comes to cleaning between the teeth. Even the most all-singing-all-dancing toothbrush will fail to get into those hard to reach place. Flossing covers all the bases and maintains the health of your gums.
Mouthwash helps to protect the teeth and gums through the day. Again, it’s important to choose a solution that fits the sensitivity profile of your mouth.
Watch your diet
All sorts of foods have a negative impact on teeth. Sugary foods and drinks are a real threat. Acidic foods cause untold damage. Coloured drinks can stain the teeth. It’s important to cut down on high sugar, acidic components of your diet and perhaps to chew gum after eating as a means of neutralising the environment within the mouth. Alcohol is another tricky issue because it tends to be full of sugar.
Visit your dentist
Arguably the most important step in your regime is to make sure that you get plenty of professional advice. Dental professionals can tell you exactly where you are going wrong in terms of the care you give your mouth. They can advise you on how and when to brush, how and when to floss and which foods and drinks you might specifically want to avoid given the individual condition of your teeth.
Regular visits to the dentist also mean that any problems are identified and corrected as early as possible and don’t have the opportunity to develop into anything more serious that could put the future health or appearance of your smile in jeopardy.
Geraldine Cooper books regular check-ups at centrepointdental.co.uk in order to maintain her record of never having a filling in her 47 years.