Top 5 Tips to a healthier smile

22nd April 2019

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Top 5 Tips to a healthier smile

Proper dental care is about more than just keeping your teeth and gums healthy — it’s about keeping your entire body healthy. Sometimes a problem in your mouth is a symptom of a problem elsewhere in your body.

You can follow these five simple tips to ensure you have a healthy smile

1. Regular Dental Check-ups

Most dental issues don’t cause pain at first. Cavities, before they become deep, are painless. Gum disease is also silent. But once you’re wincing in pain, that can mean that there is probably already an infection hiding in your mouth.

Be sure to visit your dentist every six months. Your dentist can check for health problems such as oral cancer, which you might not see or feel, and catch signs of decay so they can be treated early to prevent long-term problems.

2. Getting the right toothbrush

Make sure that you are using a soft-bristled toothbrush. Traditional toothbrushes can work well, but there are many electric brushes that can be more effective for some people. There are several models, and they vary in price, we always explain that you don’t need anything too pricy, all you need is one with an oscillating head and a pressure indicator which tells you if you are brushing too hard so that you are not at risk of wearing your teeth. Electric toothbrushes can be especially helpful if you have arthritis.

3. Diet

In between cleanings, reduce plaque build-up on your teeth by limiting sugary snacks and instead choosing nutritious foods and drinks such as water, fruits or raw vegetables. Some vegetables — celery, for example, can help to remove food from in between your teeth and also help your saliva to neutralize plaque-causing acids.

4. Reduce your risk of cancer

During six monthly dental visits, our lovely dentists will use our oral cancer light to examine your mouth for any oral cancer. We recommend cutting out or minimizing tobacco as smokers are six times more likely than non-smokers to develop oral cancer, which includes cancers of the lips, tongue, cheek, the floor of the mouth, hard and soft palate, sinuses and throat.

5. Rinse your mouth with water

Dark coloured drinks and food are known for staining teeth. Similar to smoking, these drinks can build up a superficial stain that your dentist can polish off. But they can also cause internal staining of your tooth enamel.

We recommended rinsing with water every time you have something sugary or dark coloured for example; tea, coffee, soda, beetroot, etc. this will prevent permanent staining and help neutralize the acids caused from sugar.