A healthy smile improves your appearance and helps raise your confidence and self-esteem. Great teeth also have some other benefits, including being able to chew food properly, avoiding toothaches and spending less time at the dentist. Good oral health can also have wider health benefits reducing the risk of heart disease, osteoporosis, Alzheimer’s and many other significant diseases. Here at College Dental Surgeries we have a range of simple tips to keep teeth strong and healthy from childhood to old age.
- Start kids early
Roughly half of all children between the ages of 12 and 15 have dental cavities. For this reason, dentists recommend that dental care begins as soon as a child’s first tooth appears, usually around six months. It is important that you start brushing as soon as their first tooth appears. Most children can try brushing for themselves around age two with parental supervision.
- See your dentist every six months
Most experts recommend that patients have a dental examination every 6 months. However, your dentist will be able to advise you on how often you need to attend based on your oral health. During your routine dental examination, the dentist will remove plaque, look for signs of decay, and can also screen for problems like oral cancers and gum disease.
- Brush after meals and floss daily
This may seem obvious, but many people still do not follow these rules. Brushing twice a day using a fluoride toothpaste and using interdental cleaning aids daily removes food particles and excess plaque that can cause cavities or bad breath. Make sure to replace your brush every three months or as soon as the bristles become worn and book an appointment with the hygienist for advice on proper brushing techniques.
- Use sealants
Your dentist can paint a clear coat of protectant over your child’s teeth. Sealants can be a powerful tool for children with deep grooves in their teeth or those who may be cavity prone, reducing the risk of decay.
- Rinse or chew gum after meals
In addition to brushing and flossing, rinsing your mouth with an antibacterial rinse can help prevent decay and gum problems. Chewing sugar-free gum after a meal can also protect your teeth and gums by increasing saliva flow, which naturally washes bacteria away and neutralizes acid.
- Protect your teeth during sports
Physical activity can keep our bodies healthy and reduce stress, but it can also damage teeth if you do not wear a mouth guard. And don’t forget recreational activities like skateboarding, bike riding, and roller-blading. Ask your dentist about a custom-fitted mouth guard today.
- Avoid tobacco products
We all know that tobacco use can cause cancer. Tobacco stains your teeth and increases your risk of oral health problems.
- Watch your diet
A balanced diet is essential to healthy teeth and gums for patients of all ages. Try consuming a well-balanced diet with plenty of grains, nuts, fruits, vegetables, and dairy products. Try to limit sugary foods to meal times, since they increase your risk of tooth decay and gum disease.
Here at College Dental Surgeries, we love getting patients’ smiles healthy and keeping them there. Dental examinations and regular cleanings are a great way to keep your family’s oral health in check.
Want to ensure a healthy smile at every age? Call College Dental Surgeries on 01622 752340 and book a consultation today.