As a dentist in Lincolnshire, we’re always promoting the importance of prevention over cure when it comes to protecting your beautiful smile. Visiting the dentist for regular Healthy Mouth Reviews – usually twice a year – is just one part of safeguarding your oral health. What else can you do to keep your smile as healthy as possible?
Booking a regular Hygiene Therapy appoint with one of our experienced hygienists is a fantastic step towards preventing oral health problems in the future. Our hygienists will professionally clean your teeth and give you lots of practical advice about how to best brush and floss your teeth at home. Visiting the hygienist regularly can help prevent or treat gum disease, protect against tooth loss and work as a two-pronged approach with the dentist to spot potential problems before they occur.
Watch your diet
No, we don’t mean that you need to lose weight – you’re beautiful as you are! What you eat, however, does have an impact on the health of your teeth and the appearance of your smile. This is because, every time you eat or drink anything sugary, the sugar reacts with the bacteria in plaque and produces harmful acids that mean your teeth are under attack. In addition, acid food and drink can harm your teeth too, damaging the enamel that protects your teeth and exposing the dentine underneath.
It’s important to eat a diet rich in vitamins, minerals, vegetables and some fresh fruit to help protect against gum disease and tooth decay.
We dentists see the damage smoking causes first-hand. If you smoke, you are far more likely to suffer from gum disease. This is because smoking increases the number of harmful bacteria in your mouth; it reduces blood flow in the gums and the mouth’s supporting tissues and makes it far more likely that your gums will become inflamed. We also notice that gum disease advances more quickly in smokers.
Brush and floss your teeth
Many people forget to floss or don’t view flossing as part of their daily dental regime. We want to change that. Here at our Lincolnshire dental practice, we are on a mission to remind you that flossing should be a twice-daily part of your oral health routine. Flossing is essential for getting in between your teeth and removing remnants of food that might be trapped there, as well as the build-up of plaque. Your toothbrush simply cannot get into these tiny crevices.
If you have any questions at all about steps you can take to improve your oral health and prevent problems, just call us – your dentist in Lincolnshire – on 01476 594480 or book online and we’ll be happy to help.