At Bay Dental, we believe that good oral health is imperative in ensuring your teeth remain healthy and strong. A set of pearly whites not only enhances your self-confidence and esteem, but getting through life with all your natural teeth in place is a great accomplishment! Four ways to ensure that you maintain a sparkling and contagious smile are as follows.
Brush, Brush, and More Brushing
Ensuring you brush your teeth, gums and tongue for at least two minutes twice a day will help you maintain good oral hygiene. Adopt the correct brushing technique by placing the toothbrush at a 45-degree angle and ensuring you cover the outer and inner tooth in a back and forth motion. This will make the entire tooth structure resistant to decay and promote remineralisation naturally.
You Are What You Eat
Smoking, red wine, sugar and coffee all affect the enamel and will encourage the growth of bacteria that create acids, which, in turn, cause cavities in your mouth. Reducing the amount of harmful foods and liquids you consume, as well as cigarettes, will allow your teeth to flourish. A balanced diet which includes plenty of fruits and vegetables will keep your teeth and gums healthy.
Importance of Flossing
“Do I really need to floss?” The answer is yes – bacteria that isn’t removed by your toothbrush gets caught up between your teeth, which can result in gum disease. Research has shown that plaque will regrow on perfectly clean teeth three to four hours after brushing. It’s also important to keep teeth clean after eating as food will remain there, and flossing can achieve this.
Regular Dental Check-Ups
You are recommended to attend your dentist twice a year. A check-up involves a dentist examining your teeth and gums. Keeping on top of appointments will lower your risk of gum disease and cavities. Even if you brush and floss diligently, you should attend appointments to prevent minor problems and early diagnosis and treatment of any visible problems.
If you require any advice or guidance regarding your teeth, or have any concerns about your smile, please do not hesitate to get in touch with Bay Dental, cosmetic dentist in Lancaster, on 01524 32639 and a member of the team will be more than happy to assist.