Having near immaculate, beautiful straight and white teeth is an asset that everyone wants. A perfect smile can have a huge impact on your confidence, self-esteem and appearance. It can also be the secret to success in your career and relationships which is why good dental health is so important!
Keeping your teeth healthy will not only enhance the wellbeing of your mouth but your body as well.
There are so many reasons to keep a good dental health such as being able to chew properly (for good nutrition) and staying away from toothaches.
Having poor oral hygiene can prompt to an assortment of dental and health issues in the future, such as infections, bone loss and gum disease. Gum disease can lead to other problems, including heart disease, increased risk of strokes and more.
Fortunately, you can take simple steps to achieve great dental health. We have put together 5 top tips covering all areas of your oral health:
1 – Learn how to brush your teeth correctly
Many of us don't generally focus when we're brushing our teeth. Rather, we may brush distractedly while contemplating our day, schedules or end of the week plans. However, it's important to do it properly. This is something you should learn when you’re still a kid as good habits often start during childhood. Ask yourself if you’re doing the below:
- Brushing for long enough - This means spending at least 30 seconds on each quadrant of your mouth (top left, top right, bottom left, and bottom right)
- Brushing twice a day – At least!
- Brushing your tongue – That’s right, many people don’t know the importance of keeping your tongue clean in order to prevent bad breath.
- Brushing the inner surfaces - Did you know that the most commonly skipped area is the inside of the lower front teeth? Please don’t forget them.
- Replacing the toothbrush regularly - Every three to four months, or as soon as the bristles start to splay out and lose their shape.
- Using the right toothpaste for you – This is something that your dentist can advise on.
- Using dental floss - Unlike a toothbrush, which cleans the outer surfaces of the teeth, floss cleans the tight spaces between the teeth and the gap between the base of the teeth and the gums.
- Using mouthwash - The use of adjunctive antibacterial mouth rinses, such as chlorhexidine can help to improve gingival health and prevent bad breath.
2 – Don’t smoke
Everyone knows how bad smoking can be for your health, but did you know that it can ruin your dental health as well?
Smokers are more likely to develop gum disease than non-smokers because the effects of the habit on your body's immune system makes you less prepared to fight back diseases.
Smokers are also more likely to lose teeth prematurely than non-smokers.
Please stop smoking if you want to avoid oral cancer, periodontal complications and countless side effects on your dental health.
3 – Choose your snacks wisely
Be careful with what you drink:
Citrus fruits and juices are good for you in many ways, but frequent exposures to acidic foods can erode enamel, making teeth more susceptible to decay over time. They can also irritate mouth sores so make sure you drink them with plenty of plain water.
Frequent drinks of coffee and tea may also be harmful for your dental health because they can stain your teeth. Beverages containing additives such as corn syrup and food dye can also discolour your teeth.
Finally, alcoholic drinks can cause dehydration and dry mouth. If you drink them excessively you may find your saliva flow is reduced over time, which can lead to tooth decay and oral infections.
Be careful with what you eat:
The constant exposure to sugar can be harmful to your teeth. When you eat sugary foods, plaque bacteria use that sugar to produce acids that attack enamel.
Sugary candies that are chewy (such as caramels), stick to your teeth for a long time, allowing the bacteria in your mouth to devour restful on the stored sugar.
Pickles is another food closely linked with tooth wear. Eating them more than once a day can increase the odds of wear due to their acid (typically provided by vinegar).
4 – Do regular check-ups and cleanings
Regular check-ups and cleanings can prevent dental problems as well as provide you with good dental health. Visiting your dentist could avoid issues with your teeth and gums - like cavities or even tooth loss.
You should visit your dentist at least twice a year for a comprehensive exam and a full professional dental hygiene treatment.
5 – Don’t leave orthodontic conditions untreated
Malocclusions are common oral disorders which can cause negative impacts on your dental health. Teeth that are crooked, crowded, or that stand out may affect the way your teeth look and function.
Individuals of all ages can benefit from orthodontic treatment.
Find out if you could have straight teeth by taking our online quiz "Can I have straight teeth?"
Orthodontic treatment not only improves the look of your smile but your dental health as well. Straight teeth are much easier to clean and less likely to get tooth decay or periodontal disease.
If you are worried about the way you would look with dental braces, contact us, we’ll be happy to show you all the different types of braces, including the new discreet and invisible options.
Remember that keeping a good dental health is not rocket science, and the first step is to visit an experienced professional which will give you the best personalised advice.
Book a consultation at Metamorphosis Orthodontics in south London. Call us on 020 3828 7116 or email firstname.lastname@example.org