Looking after your dental health and specifically, your teeth are of paramount importance to your physical health and mental wellbeing. Each of your teeth does many different jobs to help you eat, talk, and even give shape to your face. Having a healthy smile can make you feel better on the inside and the outside and here are some ways to achieve that and help look after your dental health.
Brush your teeth
Of course, the most important proactive step you can take is to brush your teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste. You should brush your teeth for at least two minutes at a time and ensure that you have brushed every tooth thoroughly. If you need to, set yourself a timer to ensure your brushing isn’t cut short.
Together with brushing your teeth, you should also floss in between your teeth every day after brushing to help remove any build-up that your toothbrush has not been able to reach.
Regular dental checkups
The dentist can be a sensitive subject for some however regardless of how you might feel about a trip to the dentist it is a necessary appointment to keep. A dentist will be able to detect any potential problems with your teeth or oral health at the early stages which could prevent you from considerable suffering and expense. The longer dental problems are left untreated the harder they become to fix and the more pain and suffering they are likely to cause. What is more, even when you look after your teeth thoroughly there may still be issues that arise that only a dentist can address.
Dentists can offer a wide range of treatments from fillings to root canals. They can also perform cosmetic dentistry such as dental implants or teeth whitening, all of which can have a positive effect on your dental health and mental well-being.
Look at your lifestyle
Your lifestyle choices can also have an effect on your dental health so it is important you are aware of the impact some of your daily choices might have. Firstly, cutting down on sugary foods and drinks will help to prevent tooth decay from occurring. This includes the obvious things such as sweets and fizzy drinks but also limiting fruit juices to one glass a day and being mindful of the fact that foods such as jams, cereals, and dried fruit can also have high sugar content, which should be monitored.
Alcohol has also been thought to have an adverse effect on your oral hygiene as it can erode the outer surface of the teeth. When this happens the enamel will start to decline and you may need fillings or experience tooth sensitivity. Food and drink with a high acidic content will also contribute to the reduction of enamel and should therefore be limited also.
Smoking is also known to be bad for your oral health as it will cause yellow staining on your teeth, bad breath, and an increased risk of gum disease.
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