It’s possible to improve your oral health with good hygiene habits and some lifestyle changes.
Your smile is one of your most important features, and is often a reflection of your overall health. Everyone would love a bright smile but the truth is that it does take some effort to achieve and maintain healthy teeth and gums. Here’s what you can do to improve both the appearance and condition of your smile…
1. Make flossing a daily habit
It’s essential that you brush your teeth at least twice a day, but did you know that it is equally important that you floss daily? Flossing helps to get rid of plaque and food particles that may be stuck between your teeth, along your gumline, and in other hard-to-reach places that cannot be accessed with your toothbrush alone. If plaque is left to accumulate in the mouth, it can harden into tartar and lead to some serious issues, including gum disease. If you are not sure whether or not your flossing technique is correct, don’t be afraid to chat to your dentist. They will be able to explain how to effectively floss your teeth, and which products are best for your needs.
2. Don’t skip dental appointments
It’s no secret that regular dental check-ups are key when it comes to maintaining optimal oral health. Try to schedule a routine appointment every six months — and be sure to stick to it. You might feel like you’re too busy to see your dentist so often, but the reality is that these check-ups generally don’t take more than half an hour, and can go a long way in preventing serious issues and complex dental work down the line. In addition to checking for health problems, your dentist will also clean your teeth, which will help to reduce your risk of gum disease.
3. Consider your diet
A well-balanced diet that is rich in nutrients promotes overall health, and your smile can also benefit from good food choices. Try to limit your consumption of refined sugar, and opt instead for whole foods like fruits, vegetables, lean protein and whole grains. It is worth knowing that certain foods and drinks can stain the surface of your teeth — these include tea; coffee; wine; dark and tomato-based sauces; and highly pigmented fruits and berries. Enjoy these foods and beverages in moderation, and be sure to rinse your mouth with water afterwards so that your teeth are not exposed to the staining substances for extended periods of time.
4. Use the right toothbrush
It’s advisable that you use a soft-bristled toothbrush to brush your teeth. Medium and hard bristles can cause damage to your enamel by wearing away at it over time, and can even harm your soft gum tissue. Be sure to brush your teeth gently but thoroughly — brushing too vigorously can actually cause more harm than good in the long term. It’s also a good idea to choose a toothbrush with a small head that feels comfortable in your mouth, and which you find easy to manoeuvre. It’s important that you can easily reach all the surfaces of your teeth, including the area right at the back of the mouth.
How can we help?
At Armidale Dental Care, we care about our patients’ oral health and are available to answer any questions that you have. We are happy to provide you with all the information and advice that you need to maintain a healthy and beautiful smile for life.
Our team offers a comprehensive range of dentistry services, so if you have a specific concern or would simply like to come in for a check-up, we can help. Our services include preventative, restorative, cosmetic and general treatments — to find out more about our extensive offering, please have a look here.
If you would like to make an appointment to see us, please don’t hesitate to get in touch here or give us a call on +02 6772 9386.