There are plenty of things you can do to make sure that your dental health is up to scratch. From a better diet to regular visits to the dentist, it all helps keep those teeth in excellent condition whatever your age.
1. Improve Your Diet
Diet is one of the most important aspects of wellbeing, including dental health. If you eat plenty of greens, drink milk and get your daily dose of calcium and other nutrients it’s all good for your bones and teeth. Avoid sweets, chocolates and cakes except as special treats and don’t overdo the acidic fruits like oranges that can erode the enamel on your teeth.
2. Cut the Sugary Drinks
One of the biggest causes of tooth decay are sugary drinks. Swap you bottle of coke or pop for a healthier glass of water. Too much coffee or alcohol is also not that great for your pearly whites.
3. Stop Smoking
And, of course, if you smoke then you know that it’s not very good for your mouth either. Nicotine and tar can discolour your teeth, give you bad breath and cause diseases such as oral cancer. If you want great dental health, then stop smoking today.
4. Brush Regularly
We should all be brushing our teeth regularly, at least once in the morning and once in the evening. Wait until at least half an hour after you have had something to eat or drink before you clean your teeth.
5. Brush Properly
It’s all well and good to clean your teeth regularly but you need to do it properly as well. A gentle circular motion with a good brush for about 2 minutes, covering all your teeth is the best way to go. If you haven’t done so already, it might be a good idea to invest in a quality electric toothbrush that will give you a better clean.
6. Don’t Forget to Floss
Flossing is often neglected even by those who clean their teeth regularly. It gets rid of the food and stuff between your teeth and is very important for good dental health. It’s best to use the small interdental brushes to get the best clean and flossing experience.
7. Use a Mouthwash
Using a mouthwash can help keep your teeth clean but be careful not to overdo it. Once a day should be the maximum and it’s best to choose one that doesn’t have an alcohol base.
8. Clean Your Tongue
When you’re cleaning your teeth, don’t forget to give your tongue a quick going over. It can help deal with problems such as bad breath and stop fungal issues developing.
9. Visit Your Dentist
To maintain tip top dental health, you should pay regular visits to your dentist, every 6 months or so. It can help make sure you don’t develop long term problems and any issues are spotted early on.
10. Don’t Ignore Problems
Finally, if it’s not time for a check-up but you have a problem such as a toothache, don’t let it fester and hope it gets better. Book an appointment with your dentist just to be on the safe side.
If you haven’t visited a dentist in a while or want some advice on your oral hygiene, give us a call at the Black Swan Dental Spa and book an appointment today. Call us on 01460 77517.