Many people who have issues with their teeth could have avoided them if they had only taken care of their teeth in the years leading up to the problems.
With this in mind, we’ve adopted a preventative approach to dentistry.
By getting into a good routine, you can make sure that your teeth remain in the best possible condition. We have put together some great information to help you make sure that your teeth can stay healthy in the long term.
Although most people know that they should brush their teeth every day, sometimes it can get a little lazy. This could be due to tiredness or busy schedules, but often people skip their evening brush as they prefer to get a little extra sleep.
You should brush every day, using a toothpaste that contains fluoride. Many people don’t brush their teeth properly or don’t reach their back teeth, so you should take care to ensure that each of your teeth gets the same amount of attention. You should also make sure that you replace your toothbrush at least every three months, or as soon as you notice that it has started to become damaged.
In addition to your teeth, you should also brush your tongue with your toothbrush, as bacteria can gather here, too.
Flossing is key to being able to ensure that all debris is removed from between your teeth. If this is not done, then plaque is almost certain to develop over a period of time. If you’re not sure how to floss, just ask us at your next appointment, and we will give you some tips. It can be a little uncomfortable unless you’re used to it, but so long as you’re using the right technique, perseverance will pay off.
Ideally, you should come in to see us every six months for a check-up. If you have been told that you’re in a high-risk group for dental issues, this could be even more frequently. In addition, you should make sure that you come to see us as soon as you feel that you may have any issues with your teeth. The sooner you come in, the better we will be able to treat the problem.
At your appointment, we will also be able to offer you things like cleaning and polishing services, which will help to make sure that your teeth stay healthy in the long term.
What you eat and drink can have a huge impact on your dental health. You should make sure that you drink plenty of water on a daily basis, and also avoid sugar and staining drinks like coffee and wine as much as possible. Brushing regularly will help to avoid some damage, but not all. You will be amazed at how much of a difference the right kind of nutrition can have on the whole of your body, not just your teeth.
To put it simply, everyone will benefit from getting into the good habits that we’ve described above. However, this is extra important for children. This is because their adult teeth are only just developing, and making sure they are healthy right from the start can be a huge plus point when it comes to future dental health.
For the majority of people, preventative dentistry is as simple as being able to get into a good routine, and by doing so you are investing in your dental health for the future. With this in mind, now is the ideal time to make changes. If you’re not sure about what you should be doing with regards to preventative dentistry, just ask us at your next check-up, and we will be able to tell you everything that you need to know.