Dental Health – New Year Resolutions For 2021
Chelmsford prosthodontist, Hiten Pabari, looks ahead to the new year and offers some suggestions for dental related resolutions.
It is probably fair to say that the vast majority of us will be glad to see the back of 2020 and won’t be looking back on it with fond memories. It has been a difficult year for sure, and it may take a little time before 2021 sees things significantly improve.
Things do seem to be looking up however, with the availability of vaccines and, with a bit of patience, we should hopefully start to see life returning to some sort of normality some time next year.
As this will probably be our last Blue Sky Dental blog post of the year, we thought that we would look at some potential new year resolutions that you might like to make, both to help you have a healthy mouth, but also some suggestions for ways that you might wish to improve your smile, ready for those better times to come.
Pay more attention to your oral health
Our first suggestion is to really have a think about how you clean and look after your teeth at the moment and how you can improve on it. This might seem basic but a good cleaning and care regime are the foundations on which healthy and attractive teeth are built.
The following are our often repeated tips to maximise this:
- Use a brush no more than 3 months old (or brush head if electric)
- Angle the bristles so they reach beneath the gums
- Use a fluoride toothpaste
- Brush for 2 minutes gently and don’t ‘scrub’ them
- Make sure to try to get at the back of the rear teeth. Much decay starts here
- Spit but don’t rinse. This allows the fluoride to protect your teeth more
- Use dental floss. There are plenty of instructional videos to help. This will greatly benefit your teeth and gums
Smokers are at a much higher risk of not only gum disease, but oral cancer too. We understand that now may not be the easiest time to stop, but the sooner you stop, the better it will be. If you really can’t stop now because of the current situation, decide on a date in the future and work towards that. You may find it helpful to find a local support group to help you stop smoking.
See your dentist
We hope that most of you already see a local dentist at our Chelmsford dental clinic on a regular basis. If you don’t, make 2021 the year when you start to do this again. Your six monthly check ups are important in order to detect problems at an early stage and treat them where necessary. If you are a nervous patient, please talk to us about it so that we can help you keep your appointments with us.
See the hygienist
Even people who regularly see the dentist, don’t always see a hygienist as well. This is a shame as having your teeth professionally cleaned by the hygienist, also known as a ‘scale and polish’ is a great way to remove hardened bacteria and minerals from your teeth. Not only do these attract tooth staining products, but also bacteria that are potentially harmful for your teeth and gums and can lead to gingivitis and periodontitis, both forms of gum disease. Having this done twice a year is sufficient for most people and is something that we definitely recommend.
If you do all of the above, you should have a healthy set of teeth and gums. You may then wish to do something about them to improve your smile. There are many cosmetic dental treatments that you can have to help with this and our Chelmsford cosmetic dentists are happy to help.
A whiter smile
One of our most popular cosmetic treatments and one that achieves results in a short period of time is our custom ‘at home’ teeth whitening treatment. This is easy to use and you will be given full instructions by the dentist. Whether you want a bright white smile, or simply an improvement in the colour of your teeth, this is a straightforward and affordable way to do this.
For those who have badly stained teeth, where a teeth whitening treatment may not be enough, we offer teeth veneers. These will both protect your teeth and help you to have as white a smile as you wish!
In addition to the above, dental implants can be used to replace any missing teeth and we also have a range of cosmetic braces that provide a high level of discretion whilst they straighten your teeth effectively.
We hope that you all have a happy Christmas and new year and we are here to offer any advice on any treatment mentioned above, or to answer any other questions you might have. From all at Blue Sky Dental, let’s hope that 2021 brings us all more joy!