Happy 2019 to all our patients from Prospect Street Dental Practice. We all know January’s a fantastic time for New Year’s Resolutions - so want to help suggest some changes you can make to help protect and care for your teeth better than you did in 2018!
1. An Improved Diet Keeps Teeth Healthy
A high sugar diet is the biggest factor in causing tooth decay, so cutting back on the amount of sugar in your diet is the best change you can make to minimise the risk of suffering from dental pain and needing treatment. This could be as simple as making a change from sugar to sweeteners in your hot drinks, making a swap from soft drinks to water or even just ditching the sweets for healthy alternatives.
2. Brush Up On Your Daily Dental Care Routine
Important as it is to see a hygienist regularly to maintain your teeth the most important element to good oral hygiene is a rigorous daily routine and there is always room for improvement. Set yourself a simple and achievable daily goal such as trying to get into the habit of cleaning between your teeth with floss or interdental brushes every weekday for the whole of January and see if you cant carry the habit forward from there. Careful cleaning is vital to maintaining healthy teeth and gums and a few minutes extra attention each day can go along way to avoiding gum disease and maintaining a healthy smile.
3. When Should I Have Regular Dental Check Ups?
If you’ve fallen out of the habit of attending your routine examinations or are slightly overdue on having a scale and polish today’s the best time time to get back into the swing of things and check that your indulgences haven't done any lasting damage. It is always best to catch any issues in the mouth early before they cause pain or develop into major issues.
4. Quite Smoking
Smoking is huge contributing factor to both oral cancer and gum disease so if you’re thinking about finally kicking the habit make the change now and your teeth will thank you for it. It is never too late to stop even if you do suffer from gum disease - with the removal of cigarettes from the equation the likelihood of gum disease resolving improves dramatically. What does this mean? Even if you have suffered harm from smoking it’s always worth giving up!