Loving your mouth is straightforward – here’s a reminder how!
With Valentine’s day rapidly approaching, we thought that this would be a good time to revisit the way that you look after your oral health. Whilst complex dental procedures are available that can restore your teeth in many situations, a good proportion of these probably need not have been necessary in the first place, with just a little preventative care. Hopefully, our Cheshunt patients already do these, but if not, we hope that you find our tips useful in improving your oral health care.
Without further ado then, here are our top tips of The Lodge Dental Suite team for looking after your teeth and gums:
Brush your teeth
Although obvious, many of us could improve the way that we do this. Make sure to use a toothbrush that is no more than three months old. Use a toothpaste that contains fluoride and brush gently in a circular motion for two minutes, paying special attention to the gum-line, where bacteria can collect.
Buy some floss
Flossing between your teeth is an excellent way to remove food and bacteria that has become trapped. Do not ‘saw’ between your teeth as this may damage the gums; so we recommend that you see our dental hygienist for advice on the correct, effective way to do this.
Ditch those fizzy drinks that are full of sugar, and which are thought to be one of the main reasons for an increase in tooth decay. Water is essential for our health and also helps to prevent dehydration which increases the number of bad bacteria in our mouth that can lead to gingivitis and even periodontitis.
Cheese and chewing gum
After a meal, eating a small amount of cheese will help to restore the ph balance in your mouth, keeping enamel damaging acids in check. Chewing sugar free chewing gum is also an excellent way of giving you a head start in removing food debris and bacteria. Just don’t swallow it and please, please, dispose of it in a bin and not on the floor!
Stop smoking if you currently do
Badly stained teeth, halitosis, periodontitis, oral cancers; do we need to say more? Probably not.
Reduce teeth staining substances
Along with cigarette smoke, a number of substances can stain our teeth. Red wine, coffee and soy sauce are but three of these. If you limit the amount of these products, you may be able to keep your teeth whiter for longer. They will darken eventually though, largely caused by the ageing process. Teeth whitening treatments are available at The Lodge Dental Suite though, which can restore your teeth to their former whiteness safely and effectively.
Whether you are in a relationship or not, we hope that this blog helps you to love your teeth just that little bit more! All of the above tips are simply to carry out, and we hope that you manage to do so.
Happy Valentine’s day from all of our Cheshunt dental team!