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Healthy Mouth, Healthy Body: Essential Dental Care Tips

We all know that taking good care of our teeth and gums helps to prevent caries and gum disease, but did you know that poor oral health can elevate the risk of heart disease and strokes? With research studies underlining the importance of healthy mouths, here are some essential dental care tips to take on board today.

Twice-daily brushing

Brushing is the most effective way to remove bacteria and food debris from the mouth, and it plays a critical role in reducing the risk of plaque formation. Plaque is a sticky, colorless substance, which clings to the teeth and the gum line. Plaque is the most significant risk factor for gum disease and tooth decay. When you’re brushing your teeth, be gentle and cover every individual surface of each tooth. Move the brush head in a circular motion and set a timer for 2 minutes. Electric toothbrushes are proven to remove plaque more effectively, but you can still do a great job with a manual brush.

Replacing missing teeth

There are several reasons why teeth don’t stand the test of time, including accidents and trauma, sports injuries and gum disease. If you’ve lost a tooth, it’s beneficial to explore your treatment options. Gaps in your smile could affect your confidence, and they can also pose problems for your oral health. There is also a risk of the remaining teeth moving out of position. False teeth have come a long way in recent years, and there are several solutions on offer to restore the smile, including implants and innovative cosmetic treatments. With a new tooth or a new set of teeth, you’ll feel more confident when you smile, you’ll be able to eat normally, and your oral health will improve.

Keeping in touch with your dentist

Seeing a dentist isn’t like seeing a doctor. With a dentist, you don’t need to be suffering with a toothache or struggling with sore gums to book an appointment. Ideally, you should attend regular routine checks every 6-12 months. Some people might think that they don’t need to go to the dentist because they don’t have any worrying symptoms, but check-ups are an effective preventative measure. If you haven’t been to the dentist in a while, why not pick up the phone and call today?

Healthy eating habits

Most people know that indulging in sweet treats is bad news for the teeth, but it’s important to consider when you eat, as well as what you consume. When you eat, your enamel comes under attack from acids released by bacteria. It takes time for the enamel to recover. If you graze and snack all day, your teeth will be under continual attack. Stick to main meals, keep an eye on your sugar intake and drink plenty of water.

Research suggests that a healthy mouth contributes to a healthy body. If dental care isn’t already a priority, take these tips on board to brush up on oral hygiene and keep your pearly whites in pristine condition.

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