National Smile Month – Everyday Tips for Good Oral Health
With National Smile Month returning on 14th May – 14th June 2018, it’s time to reflect on your oral health. Can you honestly say that you make a conscious effort to take thorough care of your teeth and gums? Having a healthy smile can bring high self-esteem and help you through many aspects of life, so there’s no reason to neglect it.
There are many ways to keep your smile fresh and healthy at home:
- Brush Twice A Day
The number one rule is to brush your teeth twice daily: once in the morning and once at night. For the best results, use a brush with soft bristles and fluoride toothpaste to prevent tooth decay.
- Floss Once A Day
Flossing is important for clearing out food remains that your toothbrush cannot reach alone. It also helps eliminate bad breath and prevents tartar build up and gum disease.
- Diet Control
Food and drinks with high sugar contents can be especially damaging to your teeth. Including too many of these into your diet can wear down your teeth’s enamel, which is responsible for protecting your teeth from tooth decay. Sodas, sports drinks, citric foods and hard snacks are just a few contributors to enamel erosion.
To help combat this, drink lots of water throughout the day and alongside your meals to help keep your teeth clean and healthy.
- Always Have Your Treatments Completed by a Professional
When advertised as a quick fix solution it can be tempting to go for high street whitening kits. However, for the safest and most effective results it is always worth paying for a professional dentist or orthodontist to complete it for you.
- Book Regular Appointments with Your Dentist
At the end of each check-up, your dentist will recommend when to book your next appointment. This will be determined by both your age and oral health at the time.
Adults are usually recommended to receive a check up every 12 to 24 months to keep on top of everything and to ensure any arising issues are treated in their early stages.
- Take extra care of your teeth and gums during teeth straightening treatment
Your orthodontist can also help you to maintain a healthy smile, by advising you on the best ways to look after your teeth and gums during your orthodontic treatment. Braces can sometimes make it more difficult to reach your teeth and gums for cleaning, but during your treatment you’ll find you get the best results, and keep your oral health in great condition, if you take a little extra time to follow the correct cleaning routine.
Please ask at your next appointment if you are unsure about how to keep your teeth and gums healthy during treatment.
- Mohammad Malik