If somebody started talking to you about health and what it meant to be healthy, what kinds of images would pop into your head? Many of us focus on exercise and diet and being the right weight when we think about our health. The truth is that health is a much more expansive subject. One aspect that often gets overlooked is dental health. If you’re keen to enhance and protect your smile, here are some simple tips to help you get your teeth into better oral health.
Book a dental appointment
How long has it been since you went to see your family dentist? If you haven’t taken a trip to the dentist in the last 12 months, it’s time to pick up the phone and make a call. Dental checks last five minutes, they’re completely painless, and they could make all the difference to your dental health. When you go for a routine examination, your dentist will look for signs of dental issues, for example, gum disease and caries, but they will also keep an eye out for symptoms that could be indicative of other health problems. Routine check-ups include oral cancer checks, and your dentist may also be able to spot signs of type 2 diabetes, for example. Research shows that poor oral health can put you at risk of general health issues, so regular appointments are crucial. Dental experts recommend 6-12 monthly appointments, but if you have any trouble between checks, call and make an appointment sooner.
Invest in an electric toothbrush
Electric toothbrushes are proven to remove plaque more effectively than manual brushes, and they also boast features, such as timers, which improve the efficacy of cleaning. If you don’t have an electric brush, or you haven’t swapped your brush head for more than 3 months, consider buying a new toothbrush or a replacement head. Worn bristles don’t clean as effectively. When you’re brushing, make sure you cover each individual tooth, reach right into the corners, and be gentle. If you’re too firm, you could damage the tooth enamel. It’s also beneficial to wait for an hour after eating before you brush your teeth.
Most people know that their diet has an impact on their dental health, but the frequency with which you eat is often as important as the types of food you choose. This is because the bacteria in your mouth feed when you eat, and this causes them to produce acids. These acids attack the enamel, weakening the tooth. If you graze throughout the day, this means that your teeth are under constant attack. Avoid snacking between meals, and if you do get hungry, stick to sugar-free foods that do not have a low pH. As well as giving up snacking, your dentist may also advise you to keep an eye on your sugar intake.
Dental health is often overlooked, but studies indicate that good oral health can help to reduce the risk of general health complications and conditions. To protect and shield your smile, brush your teeth twice a day with an electric toothbrush, avoid snacking, and make sure you’re up to date with dental checks.
Newly middle-aged wife of 1, Mom of 3, Grandma of 2. A professional blogger who has lived in 3 places since losing her home to a house fire in October 2018 with her husband. Becky appreciates being self-employed which has allowed her to work from 'anywhere'. Life is better when you can laugh. As you can tell by her Facebook page where she keeps the humor memes going daily. Becky looks forward to the upcoming new year. It will be fun to see what 2020 holds.