During National Smile Month, you will probably notice more publicity than usual around the importance of good oral health. This annual initiative, run between 15th May and 15th June each year and organised by the Oral Health Foundation, promotes key messages on oral health to make a positive difference to people across the UK.
At Brunswick Square Dental, we are doing our bit to support #NSM17 by encouraging patients to listen out for the various news items and stories about oral health and to think about the simple changes you can make to ensure healthy teeth and gums all year round.
5 Simple Steps to Improve Oral Health
- Visit your dentist regularly – it might sound obvious, but booking in for a regular check-up means we can monitor your mouth and spot potential issues with your teeth and gums before they become a problem.
- Don’t forget the scale and polish – tempting though it might be to curtail your appointment, if you miss out on seeing your hygienist you will also forgo the opportunity to have stains and deposits removed from your teeth. Even with the best will in the world, drinking tea, coffee or red wine can cause staining that brushing alone won’t remove, so professional dental cleaning gets rid of all the nasties and leaves your teeth feeling squeaky clean.
- Practice good oral hygiene – again, it goes without saying that brushing twice a day and using dental floss or interdental brushes to remove food particles that get stuck between your teeth really does help improve your oral hygiene. Remember, the better you look after your teeth, the less likely it is you will need treatment. For tips on maintaining your oral hygiene, ask your dentist at your next check-up appointment.
- Eat healthily – by reducing the number of sugary foods and drinks you consume, you can give your oral health a huge boost. It isn’t just sugar that you need to be aware of – you may have read in the news recently about the damage fizzy water can do to your teeth? Limiting your intake of all fizzy or sugary drinks and reducing the amount of sweet treats such as cakes, chocolates and biscuits in your diet is a great way to minimise dental health problems. Another quick tip is to eat a cube of cheese after a meal as it neutralises the acid that can build up and start attacking your teeth.
- Quit the habit – it is easier said than done and we appreciate how difficult it can be to give up the habit, but if you are looking for another reason to quit smoking, helping your oral health could be one of them. Did you know that aside from staining your teeth, smoking can lead to gum disease, tooth loss, and in more severe cases mouth cancer?
We believe in the power of preventative dentistry and by advising you now on small changes to your lifestyle we know we can help prevent future problems with your teeth, gums and overall health, not to mention saving you money on treatment.
So, next time you come across an oral health message, don’t dismiss it as you could be costing yourself more than just a filling or two!
To find out more about the general dentistry services we offer please call the Brunswick Square Dental team on 01273 736448 or email us with your enquiry.