Have you made any resolutions for the New Year? Taking better care of your oral health and teeth should be at the top of the list and it’s an easy one to keep!
Hopefully, 2014 will be the year for you that your smile is better and brighter than last year.
The links between oral health problems such as gum disease and conditions like heart disease, strokes, diabetes, and, in the case of pregnant women, low birth weight babies, for instance, has all been well documented and is backed by robust scientific evidence. Regular visits to your dentist and dental hygienist can improve your oral hygiene.
Here are a few tips for you between visits to help you keep your pearly whites in a healthy condition for the New Year:
1) Brush your teeth for two full minutes with fluoride toothpaste and a brush that is small enough to manoeuvre around the inside, outside and top of every tooth in your mouth.
2) Replace your brush every three months.
3) Consider investing in an electric toothbrush if you feel you need more help.
4) Floss or use interdental brushes after every brushing. If you have never flossed before, ask your dentist or hygienist for advice. Remember that using just a small bit of dental floss to gently slide debris from between the teeth goes a long way towards eradicating plaque and keeping your mouth free from bacteria.
5) Rinse your mouth with an antiseptic mouthwash that will get rid of small pieces of debris and help keep your gums healthy. If you find that an antiseptic mouthwash “stings”; ask your dentist or hygienist to recommend a brand for more sensitive teeth and gums.
6) If you are unable to clean your mouth directly after eating, consider chewing sugar-free gum. This will stimulate saliva in your mouth that will naturally help flush out any lingering remnants of food.