Healthy Living | Knowing the Drill When It Comes To Dental Care

Your teeth are one of the most noticeable aspects of your appearance. People can recognize a nice smile from a mile off and are likely to shower its owner with compliments. But teeth serve so much more than a mere aesthetic role. Anyone who’s experienced an oral abscess or infection will be well aware of the painful repercussions of slacking on dental care. You only get one set of adult teeth during your life so it’s paramount that you look after them effectively. Here’s everything you need to know about dental care to make your pearly whites last you a lifetime.


Okay, everyone knows that you need to clean your teeth twice a day, every day. But are you cleaning your teeth correctly? It’s possible to clean your teeth thoroughly with a manual toothbrush but most people don’t put the required effort in. It’s better to opt for an electric brush with different speed settings and the brush attachment with the most bristles possible. Electric toothbrushes are more likely to make a good job of cleaning your gnashers with minimal effort. Remember to brush your tongue too! Bacteria is just as likely to build up here as it is on your teeth. Now for the parts that a brush can’t reach: the gaps between your teeth. You should use floss once a day to remove any build up or bits of food that have caught in the spaces between your teeth. Use dental tape for your front teeth and interdental brushes for between your molars. Finish the whole routine off by rinsing with a fluoride mouthwash. This will help to form a plaque resistant barrier and keep your breath fresh too!

Dental Check Ups

You should visit your dentist at least once a year for a routine check up. This isn’t anything to worry about, chances are that everything will be fine. Your practitioner will be able to take a look around your mouth to examine its overall health. They will also be able to spot the beginnings of any decay, filling the holes and preventing further problems. They can also use an x-ray to check out the interior health of your teeth where they can’t see. This will help them to see any problems that haven’t even surfaced yet, preventing future pain and discomfort for you. If they spy any infections they can prescribe antibiotics too. So make sure that you don’t miss your annual appointment. If you experience problems between appointments, don’t be afraid to check in more regularly. Every so often everyone will have a dental emergency too. This is an unfortunate situation, but it’s likely to happen at some point. If your regular dentist is unable to see you, don’t worry. There will be a dentist office near you who will be able to administer the necessary care to put you out of pain and prevent further damage that may be caused by waiting for a standard appointment.

Hygienist Appointments

Almost everyone will have had a dentist appointment in their life, but when’s the last time you saw a hygienist? A hygienist is a specialist dentist who focuses on the cleanliness of your mouth. They will be able to give you a thorough scale and polish, removing any buildup that might have grown around and in between your teeth. You’d be surprised how much a toothbrush and floss can miss, even if you clean thoroughly every day. They will also be able to recommend products, letting you know which interdental cleaners are the best fit for the gaps between your teeth. The realm of dental care is constantly advancing, so the techniques and products that are best for you will vary over time. Check in regularly to assure that your routine is still up to date.


With so much focus lying on cleaning and maintenance, people forget how their diet can affect their teeth. Keep sugary treats for special occasions. This includes fizzy drinks. Evaluate the sugar count in products that don’t necessarily appear like they’d have much sugar in too. We are all well aware that sweets and chocolates are high in sugar content, but did you know that certain types of bread, beans and non-dairy milks can also secretly harbour high quantities of the sweet stuff. Fruits also contains a lot of sugar. This is good sugar, but you should avoid blending them as consuming smoothies and juices coats your teeth with a sugary syrup that will work away at them until the next time you brush.

Follow all of these instructions and you should have a strong, healthy set of teeth that won’t cause you any problems in the near future!


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