Small Steps to Achieving Your Dental Resolutions
Date: 25 January 2018 Category: Dental health
Committing to Improve Your Oral Health
With the end of January nearly upon us, many of us are in full swing of 2018 and are slowly beginning to cross off those New Year’s Resolutions from our lists or at least have a few things planned for the year.
According to the latest statistics, ‘a quarter of adults admit they have not visited a dentist in the past two years, and more than a quarter of adults only visit their dentist when they have a problem’. Centre for Dentistry are encouraging everyone to ensure that regular dental visits are one of their new year’s resolution, not only to improve your oral health, but your overall wellbeing.
If you want to take better care when looking after your teeth and gums this year, these four steps can keep you on track and could result in big positive changes:
1. Book a dental appointment
Booking an appointment is one of the most important things you can do when looking after your teeth. Certainly, issues such as sensitivity in the teeth or bleeding gums, are sure signs that it’s time to see a dentist. Even if your teeth look and feel fine, it’s important to keep up regular, preventative appointments.
At Centre for Dentistry, you can book a dental appointment online or via our new patient app in real time 24/7. Of course, you can always visit our practice or call too, but our online booking is designed to make it as easy and convenient as possible for you to see your dentist. CFD also operate longer opening hours – we’re open until 8pm most weekdays and are open on Saturdays – so you can fit a dental appointment around your lifestyle without having to take time off work.
2. Clean between your teeth
Brushing your teeth twice a day isn’t enough to keep plaque from building up on your teeth, or to completely remove bits of food from your mouth. As you only clean 60% of your teeth when brushing, to take the best care of your teeth you need to clean between your teeth. Flossing or using TePe Interdental brushes are great ways to do this.
One way to make it easier to remember is putting your TePe brushes or floss container directly next to toothpaste and keep some in your purse or desk drawer at work – TePe EasyPick™ is a great way to bring that fresh feeling with you, wherever you go.
3. Cut back on sugar and improve your diet
There is a direct link between the amount of sugar a person eats and the amount of tooth decay they have. Cutting back on sugar can cut your risk for tooth decay considerably. The most convenient way to cut back on sugar is to reduce the number of sugary treats you buy. Simple swaps will help you cut back as well.
When you cut back on sugar, resolve to add more orally healthy foods to your diet to solidify your diet’s benefit to your teeth.
4. Stop Smoking
There has never been a better time to stop smoking. We all know how harmful it can be to the body in general but it also has a big impact in the mouth. Smoking doubles your risk for gum disease and is linked to a host of other health issues. The worse problem is oral cancer. More commonly, smoking directly affects the bone surrounding your teeth and it creates an environment in your gums that is favourable to the growth of bad bacteria. Smoking speeds up the gum disease process 10-fold and prevents successful treatment outcomes too. See your doctor for the best smoking cessation advice and methods. E-cigarettes (or ‘vapes’) have now been officially recommended by Public Health England as a good first step in stopping smoking altogether alongside other well-documented and successful methods.
Where to go from here?
With welcoming and friendly staff from the moment you enter the practice, Centre for Dentistry ensures that patients physical and wellbeing is at the forefront of what we do. It doesn’t matter if you haven’t been to the dentist in 1 year, 10 years, or even 50 years, we will welcome you into a comfortable environment with open arms.
No matter what’s on your resolutions list, whether it is to fill a gap, straighten out your teeth, brighten your smile, or just ensuring you regularly visit the dentist. we will do everything we can to help. With bright open practices, familiar supermarket surroundings, artwork on the walls and friendly dentists that will talk to you about near enough anything, dentistry has come a long way from where it used to be. No more clinical smells, sounds of loud drills or a dentist looming over with a needle at the ready. Whatever happens in the practice is completely down to you, and treatment is only carried out when you’re ready for it to happen.
Let 2018 be the year that you get your oral health in check and start to visit the dentist regularly.
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