Top Tips on Looking after Your Smile
Practicing healthy habits is essential in promoting oral health. Brushing, flossing and daily check-ups all help to make sure your gums and your teeth are in good condition. This also helps save you time and money by preventing extensive treatment.
Here are some tips to keep your mouth clean, your breath fresh, and your smile last:
- Brushing - You should replace your toothbrush every three to four months. This is necessary to maintaining health teeth, as worn out toothbrush won't clean as effectively.
- Flossing - Choosing a method of flossing that you will maintain is also important. This will make sure that the spaces between each tooth is cleaned - parts that cannot be reached by your toothbrush. Some people prefer floss, but there are numerous other products available if flossing becomes too hard.
- Plaque - The sticky, colorless film on your teeth is called plaque. It contains bacteria, food and saliva. Sooner or later, plaque feeds cavities which can lead to tooth decay or gum disease if left untreated. The best way to keep plaque from causing further concerns is to brush and floss twice a day, eat a balanced and healthy nutritious diet, and visit your dentist regularly.
- Gum disease - There are two stages of gum disease - gingivitis and periodontitis. Typical signs of gingivitis are red and swollen gums that are prone to bleeding. Have your teeth evaluated for inflammation or bleeding risk by your dentist. This requires immediate action as bacteria from your mouth can get in your blood stream and may cause serious problems in other parts of the body. In the more advanced stages, if gingivitis is untreated, it can lead to periodontitis which result to teeth becoming loose, falling out or extraction.
Factors that may increase and worsen risks for periodontal disease:
- Smoking or chewing tobacco
- Bridges that do not fit perfectly
- Crooked teeth
- Faulty fillings
- Some prescription drugs - steroids, oral contraceptives, cancer therapy drugs, etc
On the whole, to keep a healthy smile, follow all the steps stated above and do not forget to schedule an appointment with your dentist on a regular basis and if you have concerns. Also, when choosing your products, make sure it has the Australian Dental Association seal. This ensures that the product has been tried, tested, and approved for safety and effectiveness. If you're not sure what products to use, consult your dentist.