As we approach the end of the current year and look forward to the new one, many people are thinking not just about the Christmas festivities, but also what they want to achieve in January and beyond. Traditionally, people tend to focus on their health and lifestyle. Things like exercising more, eating better and losing weight often occupy the top of the list when it comes to new year’s resolutions. People often fail to consider a key area of health, however – their teeth. It’s not too late to make your teeth a priority for 2019. Here are five things you should think about and why they matter.
We all know that we should be brushing our teeth twice daily for at least two minutes. But when we try to balance work, family and other demands on our time it is all too easy to neglect the simple things. It’s also easy to let go of the routine a little during the Christmas break. Although this is when it is more important than ever.
Make a commitment to yourself to ensure that you always brush twice a day in 2019, no matter how hard it is to find the time. This will help to prevent damage to your teeth by removing food particles and plaque, reducing the risk of cavities. Research has shown that flossing once a day can help to remove particles of food from harder to access areas between teeth, making your oral hygiene routine even more effective.
Brushing twice a day also promotes awareness of what is happening in your mouth and any changes that take place. This allows you to follow up with your dentist if necessary.
Another effective way to help counteract the effects of what you eat and drink is to use mouthwash regularly. Be aware, however, that if used at the wrong time it can actually undermine the benefits of brushing.
Avoid using a mouthwash directly after brushing your teeth. It can wash away a lot of the benefits offered by the fluoride and other active ingredients in the toothpaste – once again leaving your teeth exposed to attack. Instead, it is recommended to rinse at a different time to brushing, or wait until at least 30 minutes afterwards. Rinse right, and you’ll be doing your teeth a favour.
When was the last time you saw the dentist? If keeping your routine checkups up to date was not one of your strong points in 2018, now is the perfect time to change that. It is generally recommended to visit your dentist for a routines checkup every six months.
A professional dental checkup is about far more than simply making sure all your teeth are present and correct – as well as making sure that your teeth are sound and everything is in order with your oral hygiene, your dentist is also trained to look for early signs of gum disease and oral cancer during your examination. Early detection of the latter has been proven to significantly increase the likelihood of successful treatment. So, if you don’t already have an appointment in your diary for 2019, be sure to book one now.
Love them or not, some foods just aren’t good for your teeth. Unfortunately, Christmas is the worst time of all. However, even everyday foods and snacks that we consume all year round can wreak havoc on our teeth. Sticky, sugary sweets are an obvious example but did you know that savoury foods and snacks can also be a threat to your oral hygiene? Crisps and other potato snacks, for example, can leave large amount of residue on the teeth which can quickly promote acid build up. Bread can also have the same effect.
If you are on a mission to get fit in the new year, it is worth noting that sports drinks are notorious for their high sugar content which can be dangerous for the teeth. Tea, coffee and red wine, if excessively consumed, can also result in staining. The key to enjoying your favourite foods and drinks all year round is knowing their effects and how you can minimise them. You can usually do this by consuming them in moderation and of course maintaining a good oral hygiene regime.
If you don’t already have dental care cover, now is an ideal time to look at your options for 2019. You may well be pleasantly surprised to learn just how little it can cost for you and your family to become members here at Stella Maris Dental.
Our membership packages are an affordable way for you to spread the costs of your routine dental health needs (dental examination, hygiene visits and dental x-rays as required) and start from as little as £18.50 per month, helping to ensure you can attend as regularly as you need to in a cost effective way.
We are pleased to offer health based membership which means that membership is prescribed to you based on your individual clinical needs. This gives you complete peace of mind that you’ll always get the care you need, when you need it.
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Here at Stella Maris Dental we want to help you enjoy the very best in dental health in 2019. To enquire about becoming a member or to discuss your dental needs in more detail, call today on 0121 588 4541 to speak to a member of our friendly team.
Do not let the cost of dental treatment prevent you from getting the best of modern dentistry. Let us make it easy for you to spread the cost of your investment.