Oral health is an important topic that we don’t always give a lot of thought to. Like with many things health-related, it doesn’t take much of our focus until a problem arises.
When it comes to our The Centre Of Advanced Dentistry Yorkshire, the easiest way to maintain a satisfactory level is in the power of a great routine. We’ve rounded up the best ways to stay in great oral shape this year.
Eliminate your bad habits
Been using the same toothbrush for months on end? It’s time to change it. You should change your toothbrush every 3-4 months and also after you have had a cold. A quick rinse under the tap may not be enough to rid it of some bacteria. The bristles of your toothbrush also become weaker over time. Make sure that your toothbrush has soft bristles, when you switch to a new one. If you think you’re likely to forget, why not set a reminder?
Do you sometimes collapse straight into bed, if you’ve been out late and not brush your teeth before going to sleep? Do you occasionally take a snack to bed and fall asleep immediately after eating? This habit is more common than you think but could slowly be causing damage to your teeth and gums.
There is nothing wrong with drinking fruit juice, red wine, tea or coffee but remember the damage that these can cause to your teeth. The acid in fruit juices can weaken your enamel. Hot drinks and wine are likely to cause staining, if your consumption of these drinks is very high. Consider lowering your intake or using a straw.
Establish a great routine
So, you give your teeth a quick brush twice a day but are you doing it right? You should be brushing your teeth gently, at a 45 degree angle in a circular motion. Vigorous brushing may feel as though you’re getting the job done faster but you may, over time, cause irreversible damage to your gums which can increase sensitivity.
Flossing is still a part of great oral hygiene that many people forget. Good brushing will clean the top and sides of your teeth, but flossing gets in between them. We should aim to floss every day. It helps to remove and fight against plaque. Spend a couple of minutes flossing. If you have bought it on a roll, gently wrap about 18 inches around your finger and move the floss in a ‘C’ shape around the teeth, between them. It doesn’t necessarily matter whether your floss is flavoured or not, or waxed or unwaxed. Pressing too hard may hurt gums and possibly cause bleeding, so be firm but gentle. Maybe building this habit is proving too hard for you, then maybe the newer water floss-er systems are for you. After a bit of research seen on https://www.hereon.biz/best-water-flosser-reviews/, it was easy to see why these are becoming a thing.
Invest in a mouthwash, to use as a part of your routine too. Depending on your individual needs, not all mouthwashes may suit you. Generally, they remove oral debris and provide the expected fresh breath.
Visit your dentist regularly
A great dentist will remind patients of when their next visit is. It may come in the form of a letter, phone call or a text message. Don’t ignore those reminders. If, for example, you had a dental procedure done, your next check up may be a short 3 months from the date of the work. However, if your dentist sent you away with a glowing report, your next appointment may not be for another year. If a problem arises between check ups, book in with your dentist as soon as possible. The longer you leave it, the worse it is likely to become.
Make 2015 your greatest year in oral hygiene. For a more tailored routine and specific advice from about your dental health, it is best to speak directly with your dentist.