January 3rd, 2019
As the dust settles on the festive period, many of us will be making resolutions for the year ahead. While most tend to try and up their intake of greens and hours in the gym, there’s a lot to be said for making an effort to keep your smile in check. As surveys reveal that the majority of us consider our smile out most important feature, here are some simple, affordable ways to achieve a more attractive smile in 2019.
The best way to brighten up your smile and keep dental disease at bay is to adopt and stick to a daily oral hygiene regime. This should feature two two-minute cleaning sessions and daily flossing. When brushing, take care to cover every individual tooth, and reach right into the corners of the mouth. Electric toothbrushes are proven to be more effective at removing plaque than manual brushes, and they are available from around £15. Flossing is often neglected, but it plays an important role in promoting good oral hygiene, as it targets areas that cannot be cleaned with a brush, including the gaps between the teeth.
Diet also plays a crucial part in oral health, and after the indulgence of the Christmas holiday, it’s good to get back into the swing of healthy eating and moderate your intake of sugary foods. Try and eat a varied diet, with plenty of fruit and vegetables, whole grains and foods rich in fibre and nutrients, and ensure sweets, cakes, biscuits and chocolate bars are treats, rather than a staple part of your diet. It’s also wise to keep an eye on what you drink. Flavoured coffees, smoothies, juices and fizzy drinks often contain a vast amount of sugar.
Another brilliant resolution to make for the New Year is to see your dentist more frequently. If you tend to reach for the phone only when you have toothache or swollen gums, make it your mission to attend 6-12 monthly check-ups. Regular appointments reduce the risk of dental decay and gum disease, and they can also keep your smile looking great and minimise the risk of problems like symptoms of oral cancer being spotted at an advanced stage.
January 20th, 2017
It’s a brand new year, and many of us have made resolutions. If you’re keen to boost your health this year, don’t forget about your teeth and gums. An attractive, healthy smile could be your best weapon if you’re hoping to find ‘the one’ or land that dream job this year. Here are 5 resolutions that will help you achieve beautiful, bright, healthy teeth:
- Quit smoking: many people automatically think of the lungs when they consider the impact of smoking. However, it’s also damaging for your mouth. Smoking stains the teeth, and increases the risk of gum disease. It also slows the natural healing processes after dental surgery, and it’s one of the main risk factors for oral cancer. Giving up smoking is no mean feat. It takes willpower, strength of mind, and commitment. If you’d like to try and give up smoking, we are here to help you.
- Cut down on sugar: most of us consume too much sugar. If you have a high sugar diet, this can increase your risk of dental problems, obesity and type 2 diabetes. Avoid adding sugar to hot drinks, and replace fizzy drinks with sugar-free cordial or water. Use a food diary or an app to keep track of your sugar intake, and always read the labels to check the sugar content of the foods and drinks you buy. Even ‘healthy’ products like cereal bars and bottles of juice can contain a lot more sugar than you’d think.
- Keep up to date with dental appointments: has it been a while since you went to the dentist? If so, make 2017 the year your dental attendance record is perfect. Seeing a dentist for regular check-ups reduces your risk of developing cavities and gum disease by up to 60 percent. It will also help to save you money on dental care in the long-run.
- Clean your teeth: Have you been lax with your dental hygiene routine in the last few months? If so, it’s time to make up for lost time, and get brushing. You should brush your teeth twice a day for at least two minutes each time.
- Exercise: you may not think that exercise has benefits for your oral health, but you’d be amazed at just how good for you a jog in the park or a session at the gym can be. Exercising boosts your immunity, which reduces your risk of oral infections, and it also improves circulation, which decreases your risk of developing gum disease.