Being a parent often means putting yourself second. Whether that’s sacrificing an afternoon, so you can take your little one to a party or giving your child the last bit of cake because you never really liked cake anyway…Being a parent also means that you’re busy, rushed off your feet and unlikely to get around to those niggling things that you never quite check off your to-do list.
One thing you should never put off, however, is a trip to the dentist. Having good oral health is vital to your everyday health! Read on and discover some more ways you can keep your mouth and teeth in check!
No matter how old you are, it’s vital that you visit a dental professional regularly, or as often as they recommend. Check-ups are important because they allow potential problems and issues to be identified before they take hold or get worse. A cavity for example, or the preliminary stages of gum disease. Remember, prevention is better than cure! Try to find a local, highly rated dentist like Weybridge Dental Practice, if you don’t currently have a dentist then search online for your nearest one.
Brush your teeth
Sounds familiar, right? But that doesn’t mean that everyone does it. Did you know that most people don’t brush their teeth as often as they should? Dentists recommend brushing your teeth twice a day – in the morning and before you go to bed – for at least two minutes using a good, fluoride toothpaste.
Think about your diet
It’s not always easy to make the right choices when it comes to our diets – especially when you’re running around after the kids. But there’s no denying that a poor diet can really affect your oral health. Cutting down on sugary food and drinks is vital if you don’t want to increase your risk of tooth decay. Did you know that the foods that are the kindest to your teeth are milk, cheese, plain water and of course – raw vegetables!
Your teeth are for chewing only!
We’re all guilty of it! Carrying our keys in our mouths, chewing on a pen or even our nails, ripping open that bag of crisps for the kids or even opening a bottle of beer with your teeth! Our teeth are for chewing only and doing these things only makes them weaker and more susceptible to damage.
I don’t need to tell you about the adverse effect smoking has on your overall health. But many people forget about the damage it causes to our teeth! Smoking can cause severe staining of your teeth that looks unsightly. Smoking also damages your gums too, with excessive smoking leading to potential gum disease, tooth loss and in some cases even mouth cancer!
Remember, good oral hygiene means:
- Your teeth have no debris in them
- There is no pain when you brush your teeth or floss them
- Your gums are a healthy pink colour and there is no bleeding or inflammation
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