Look after your teeth and they will look after you – that really is true as dental health is extremely important to overall health and self esteem.
The start of the year is an ideal time to begin new habits to make sure your dental health remains in the best condition possible for years to come.
By introducing and adopting new habits that help to protect your teeth looking after your dental health will become second nature.
Here are seven top habits to look after your teeth:
Always brush twice a day – no excuses! Brushing teeth removes the food debris and bacteria that can build up to cause plaque. If left overnight it will continue to attack teeth.
Stick to regular dental check-ups – Visiting the dentist for regular checks is the easiest way to look after your teeth as any problems will be flagged up quickly and treated. This stops unnecessary pain and damage in undiagnosed problems such as cavities and gum disease.
Keep sweet treats to meal times – eating sugary treats with a meal minimises the amount of time your teeth are exposed to the harmful bacteria that attacks the surface of the tooth.
Make water your main drink – Water is a natural cleanser, it is also not acidic as well as being sugar-free so makes a good choice of drink.
Ease off on foods that stain – the bad news for lovers of red wine, coffee and chocolate is that these can all discolour the teeth. If you can’t resist try to drink a glass of water afterwards.
Avoid sugary snacks – grazing on sugar-filled snacks is as bad for your teeth as it is for your body. Constantly exposing the teeth to sugar will cause decay. Instead choose vegetables, cheese and nuts.
Brush properly – a quick brush just won’t cut it. Make sure you brush for two minutes and that every surface of the tooth is covered – front, back and top.
Your teeth will reap the benefits of a little daily care so start the year on the right foot.
If you have any concerns about your teeth make sure that you seek dental advice as soon as possible.
To arrange a dental check-up contact Bhandal Dental Surgery where you can be assured of a friendly, professional service.
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