We all want to be healthy and take care of our bodies but one area of our health that is often overlooked is our oral health. In this day and age, there are a lot of lifestyle choices which can be detrimental to our oral health such as smoking, acidic drinks and sugary snacks. We only get one set of teeth so it’s important to make sure they are cared for with regular brushing and trips to the dentist.
The good news is there are steps you can take to maintain good oral health. I have shared some top tips for a healthy smile below and if you follow these steps they will help you maintain your pearly whites and keep your smile glistening.
Brush and floss twice a day
Brushing your teeth twice a day is a must, it’s recommended that you brush your teeth first thing in the morning when you wake up and the last thing at night before bed. Brushing your teeth at least twice a day will help keep your breath smelling fresh and your teeth healthy and strong. It’s also important to floss regularly, a toothbrush can’t clean in between your teeth but flossing can so make sure that’s part of your regular routine each day.
Visit the dentist regularly
It’s recommended that you visit the dentist every 6 months. Visiting regularly means your dentist can spot any problems before they get worse and fix any issues at the earliest opportunity. If you notice any issues between your checkups you should contact your dentist to schedule an appointment sooner. If you have anxiety about visiting the dentist it’s important to let them know this so they can ease your worries and help you feel relaxed and comfortable at your visit.
Don’t ignore aches and pains
This carries on from the point above and is important because any aches and pains you feel from your teeth/mouth should be checked out as soon as possible. Aches, pain or bleeding are indicators that something is going on and the sooner you see your dentist the quicker the issue can be fixed before causing further possible irreparable damage.
Have work done when necessary
I get it, nobody likes going to the dentist but needs must. It’s important to regularly attend your appointments for checkups and also have any work carried out which is recommended by your dentist.
These islands now offer some of the best dental implants and cosmetic dentistry so if you’re looking to have some cosmetic dental work to improve your smile then you’re in luck. Of course, the best thing you can do is use the tips to ensure you don’t need any major dental work, but sometimes there are other factors which can affect the health of our teeth such as genetics and medication.
Change your toothbrush every 3-4 months
Dentists recommend that we change our toothbrushes every 3-4 months. Changing your toothbrush regularly reduces the risk of bacteria buildup on the bristles which could affect your oral health. If you notice the bristles on your toothbrush are frayed before the 3-4 month period you should consider replacing it sooner because it won’t be cleaning your teeth as effectively.
Keep sugary food and drinks to a minimum
We all know that sugary food and drinks aren’t good for us but they really can have a negative impact on your smile. Acidic and sugary items such as fizzy drinks can cause the enamel on your teeth to erode and weaken which can then result in cavities, tooth pain and also result in tooth staining.
Give up smoking
It’s not easy to give up smoking, especially if it’s a habit you have had for many years but with the right help, it is possible. There are many reasons to give up smoking, it will improve your overall health, it will save you money and it will also help keep your teeth healthy. Smoking can lead to teeth staining, gum disease and in some cases tooth loss. You could choose to switch to vaping, vape kits and vape juice are readily available and can help improve your oral health and even help you give up smoking in the long run.
Do you have any top tips for a healthy smile?