New Year Resolutions For A Healthy Mouth
Getting your teeth off to a healthy start in 2017.
With the Christmas break behind us and over-indulgence done and dusted, we thought we would take a look at some potential New Year resolutions that you might want to consider making to help ensure your oral health is on track in the new year ahead.
In no particular order, here are some suggestions from your Chelmsford Blue Sky Dental team.
- Cut down on sugar, especially sweets and foods that tend to remain in the mouth a long time whilst being sucked. This lengthy contact with the teeth increases the risk to the protective enamel, which, once damaged, is likely to lead to tooth decay and potentially a painful toothache.
- Drink water and not sugary drinks. Even supposedly healthy ‘energy drinks’ are full of sugar. Not only are these bad for our overall health, with obesity becoming a rising problem, but the very high sugar levels in some drinks are thought to be one of the main reasons behind the increase in tooth decay in younger people.
- Quit smoking. Thankfully, far fewer people smoke than used to, but some do still find it hard to quit and some even start smoking. From a dental perspective, smoking is thought to be the leading cause of oral cancers in the UK which can have a devastating effect on the mouth and may require surgery. It can also even prove fatal if not detected early enough. Whether you smoke or not, regular checks at your Chelmsford dental clinic will ensure that any potential signs of oral cancers are detected early on.
- Change your toothbrush. If you cast your mind back to when you last bought a toothbrush or changed the head on your electric one, we suspect that, for some, it will be so long ago that they can’t even remember. You should change your toothbrush or head every three months or so. Once the bristles become worn and soft, they are no longer effective at removing bacteria from the teeth and, by using an old toothbrush, you increase the risk of gum disease.
- Start to floss or use an interdental brush. Only around one in five of us in the UK use dental floss. Whilst some find this tricky initially, once used to it, it is not a difficult task to perform and interdental brushes are now available as an alternative to traditional floss. Our Chelmsford hygienist is always available for advice on how best to perform this task. Gingivitis, the early stage of gum disease, often starts in the spaces between the teeth where a toothbrush can’t reach and adding interdental cleaning to your oral health regimen greatly improves your chances of avoiding gum disease.
- Make an appointment for a check up. If you have not seen your dentist in the last six months or don’t have an appointment, now is a good time to do so. By visiting your dentist on a regular basis, many dental problems can be avoided and those that do occur can be treated in their early stages with only minor intervention. Avoiding the dentist for long periods of time almost certainly means poor oral health and eventually major dental treatment.
So, a few ideas there for the new year which we hope will see you with a healthy mouth for all of 2017. If you have any questions or concerns about your teeth or gums, or simply wish to make an appointment for the new year, you can do so by calling Blue Sky Dental on 01245 211070.
A Happy New Year from us all!