December 23rd, 2017
It’s nearly holiday season, and nobody wants to spend their well-earned time off nursing a dental injury. If you’re keen to keep a smile on your face this Christmas, here are 3 top tips to take on board:
- Stick to your oral hygiene regime: just because it’s Christmas doesn’t mean you can give up on brushing. In fact, brushing is even more important than usual given the dazzling array of festive treats most of us tend to consume. Take two minutes to clean your teeth every morning and evening using fluoride toothpaste.
- Go easy on the sugar: it’s Christmas, and for most of us, that means that we have an excuse to eat whatever we want, whenever we want. There’s nothing wrong with indulging over the festive period but try and keep an eye on your sugar intake. You don’t have to have chocolate for breakfast or consume an entire packet of mince pies just because it’s Christmas. Try and avoid eating between meals and wait an hour after eating to brush your teeth to protect your enamel.
- Don’t use your teeth as a bottle opener: we’ve all been there. You’ve got a house full of thirsty guests and you can’t find the bottle opener for love nor money. If this happens, don’t be tempted to use your teeth. This is a very common cause of chips and broken teeth.
January 30th, 2017
At this time of year, many of us make an effort to be healthier. After the indulgence of the festive season, it’s that time when we sign up for gym membership and put the selection boxes to the back of the cupboard. It’s great to try and cut down on fatty foods and get in shape, but what about your teeth and gums? When you’re trying to stick to resolutions, spare a thought for your mouth. Dental health is really important too! Here are five ways you can achieve healthier teeth in 2017.
- Change your toothbrush. Be honest. When was the last time you changed your toothbrush? If you can’t remember, it’s probably high time you invested in a new brush or swapped the brush head. Ideally, you should switch brushes every 3-4 months. If the bristles are worn or damaged, this can affect its cleaning capabilities.
- Brush properly. Are you one of those people who sometimes flashes a brush around their teeth and hopes for the best? If so, make it your mission to hone those brushing skills. Brushing is your best form of defence against plaque and tartar. Take care to cover every tooth, and set a timer to make sure that you’re brushing for long enough.
- Use fluoride toothpaste: fluoride is a mineral, which is often found in toothpaste. It has oral health benefits because it helps to strengthen the enamel surface. This helps to reduce the risk of decay and prevent cavities from forming.
- Stop snacking! Snacking is bad for your waistline, but it’s also harmful for your teeth. When you eat, your enamel becomes softer, and it takes around an hour for it remineralise and recover. If you snack all day, your teeth never have chance to recover, and the risk of damage and decay is elevated.
- Call and make a dental appointment. If you do anything in 2017, make sure you visit the dentist regularly. If you haven’t been for a check-up in the last nine months, call and make an appointment now. Research suggests that people who attend regular dental checks are up to 60 percent less likely to suffer from decay and gum disease than those who avoid the dentist.