Are you in Dental Care Denial?
It’s said that people in the UK still are not taking oral care seriously. With thousands being spent on cosmetics and health supplements every year it’s clear that body image is still top of the list.
With more research showing that good oral care can prevent some serious health issues in the body, we have compiled some simple steps that if followed can pave the way to a brighter oral future.
The first thing is to keep on top of your dental appointments. Building up a good relationship with your dentist is vitally important as they can see any dental issues arising and nip them in the bud before they become serious. Your dentist will always be happy to provide any advice or discuss any problems or worries you may have concerning your dental health.
Cut Down On Your Sugar Intake
We know you all know this one already, but a reminder doesn’t hurt. Cut out sugary fizzy drinks all together if you can!
Brush Up On Your Brushing Technique!
Electric Toothbrushes cover the teeth with the right amount of pressure and get into all of the nooks and crannies. Some even have an alarm to let you know how long you have been brushing for.
If you are using a manual brush, ensure that you change your brush every couple of months to ensure that the bristles stay in good condition and to avoid a build-up of bacteria.
Use a brush with soft enough bristles so that your gums do not become inflamed, but firm enough to remove the plaque. As you are brushing, ensure the whole of your teeth front, back, and sides are brushed thoroughly.
Don’t forget to brush your tongue – plaque and germs on your tongue cause most bad breath.
Rinse with a good quality mouthwash for at least 30 seconds.
Take action on Gum Disease!
An astonishing 83% of people in the UK have seen symptoms of gum disease but not informed their dentist or taken action.
If you think you’re already showing signs of gum disease, talk to your dentist or hygienist, who may suggest you use a product containing chlorhexidine, an active ingredient that’s clinically proven to help treat gum disease. Products containing chlorhexidine are available over the counter at most pharmacies.
It’s also important to clean properly between your teeth daily. By using floss, tape or small interdental brushes (they come in different sizes, so seek advice on which you need, which will depend on how tightly packed together your teeth are) to remove all remaining food debris and plaque from those crevices between your teeth.
If you would like any further information on your oral care, please call our team, who will be happy to help on 020 7229 8716.