Here’s the year to begin taking better care of your teeth. You might brush twice a day and floss when you remember to; but don’t forget that bad dental h ealth can affect your overall health in big ways, and lead to major surgery that is expensive and painful.
Here are some tips:
Book in a check-up
If you have good dental health, a visit once every two years or so is recommended. Your dentist will advise you about when you need to return to their chair for another exam, but there’s nothing wrong with being vigilant.
Flossing is essential. It can be tricky and time-consuming, and many people leave it out, but it’s the only way to get rid of the build-up in between your teeth that can lead to tooth decay.
For the best possible clean, get yourself an electric toothbrush. There are many models available in a range of prices. Rechargeable models with replaceable heads are best for longevity.
Avoid the acid
Sugary, acidic foods (which are not just limited to sweets but include citrus fruit and juices) soften the enamel that protects your teeth. Brushing straight after eating foods like that only exacerbates the problem – so always wait an hour before brushing.
Increase your calcium
Cheese is great for your calcium intake (it’s also a great neutraliser for acidic foods, so choose cheese over a dessert), as are other dairy products.
Invest in excellent toothpaste
There is a range of great toothpastes available. If you have sensitive teeth, teeth that are prone to yellowing or need extra fluoride, you can help minimize the problem by purchasing a dentist-recommended toothpaste. They are often not cheap, but it’s a long-term investment in your dental and overall health.
Here’s to 2013 being a great year for dental health!