Good oral health is not difficult to achieve, but most of us live busy lives, juggling our jobs and families, as well as trying to find time for our own hobbies.
It is perhaps not too surprising then, that some of the ‘little’ things can sometimes be ignored.
It is often just the things that do take a few minutes that can make all the difference to how healthy our teeth and gums are. Please take a look below, at the oral health checklist to see if you are missing any of these, thereby potentially putting your teeth at risk.
- Diet – Yes, it’s the sugar thing again. Unfortunately, it is a fact that sugar is one of the most unhealthy foods for our teeth. Reducing the amount of sugar that you eat and drink will certainly be better for your teeth and gums.
- Hydration – Stay hydrated with water. Not only will water not damage your teeth as sugary drinks will, but a dry mouth can harbour excessive ‘bad’ oral bacteria and may well lead to gum disease.
- Brush your teeth – Most of us do this, but too many of us do so using an old toothbrush. If yours is more than three months old (or the head of an electric brush is), throw it out and replace it. It will not be very useful in removing food and bacteria from the mouth.
- Fluoride – Check your toothpaste. Most toothpastes do contain fluoride, which hardens the enamel of the teeth, improving their protection. Not all do though, especially ‘natural’ ones. If yours doesn’t, make sure that you change to a fluoride toothpaste.
- Floss – Many dental problems start in the spaces between our teeth where a toothbrush struggles to reach. Dental floss is an effective way of cleaning this area if done correctly.Our dental hygienist’s will be able to demonstrate the best way to do this. Interdental brushes are also available as an alternative to floss.
- Hygienist visits – Never underestimate the role of a dental hygienist in keeping your teeth and gums healthy. Not only will they clean them, removing hardened bacteria which home brushing alone is unable to, but also offer advice on how to improve the way you look after your teeth and gums.
- Keep dental appointments – Everyone should see their dentist for a checkup every six months or even more frequently should your dentist recommend it. Your oral health check will determine if there are any areas of improvement needed in the way that you look after your teeth and gums. Regular checks also mean that, where any problems are detected, they can be treated in a less invasive manner than if left for longer.
- Chew sugar free gum – This is not essential, but studies have shown that doing so can help to remove minute food particles and bacteria from your teeth and gum line. Remember though, to dispose of your gum carefully and do not swallow it.