Keeping on top of your oral health might have slipped to the bottom of your priority list, but it is just as important as all the other elements of your health, so we are here to show you simple ways to improve it. Everyone deserves a happy and healthy smile, so use these tips and you will notice a big difference to your oral health.
Drink More Water
The first tip we have is a really simple one; drink more water! Drinking enough water (around 2 litres a day) helps your mouth to produce enough saliva, which in turn helps to protect your teeth. It also helps to wash away any excess food, helps you to swallow easier and also to keep your teeth strong as water contains calcium, phosphate and fluoride which are good for your teeth.
Replace as many other drinks as you can with water (e.g. tea and coffee, sugary drinks, alcohol) and not only will your teeth benefit, but the rest of your body, too.
Visit Your Dentist Twice A Year
The most important thing you can do to improve your oral health is to visit your dentist twice a year. Even if you think that there is nothing wrong with your teeth, mouth or gums, there are so many serious problems that can develop without you knowing, that only a dentist will be able to identify.
So, it is key for you to visit your dentist twice a year, as this is the amount of time it takes for the majority of problems to develop, like cavities. If you ever have a concern between appointments, it is essential that you go for another visit. Spending a bit of money to visit your private dentist twice a year can really transform your oral health and save you so much money in the long run.
Drink Through A Straw
If you really can’t avoid drinking sugary drinks, then you should be drinking through a straw. Decay-causing bacteria feed on sugar in your mouth, which means that tooth decay is more likely to occur. So, to minimise this as much as possible (although hard to completely avoid when drinking sugary drinks), you should position the straw towards the back of your mouth.
Use Flouride Products
Another simple change you can make to improve your oral health is to use flouride based products. When you use toothpaste and mouthwash that contains fluoride, when this is in your enamel, it combines with the calcium and phosphate to create a very powerful defense against cavities. Cavities themselves are painful and can go on to cause infections and the need for extractions, so avoiding them at all costs is important if you want to avoid a trip to your local dentist in Leamington Spa.
So, brush your teeth for two minutes twice a day using fluoride toothpaste, floss once a day and use fluoride mouthwash twice a day to keep your smile happy and healthy. It’s never too late to start using fluoride products and they aren’t much more (if any more) expensive than non-flouride products, so now is the perfect time to make the change!