We’re not just starting a new year – we’re entering a whole new decade! That’s all the more reason to start thinking about what you want to accomplish in 2020 and beyond. If you’ve been less than vigilant about your oral health recently, here are some tips to get you back on track.
- Improve your oral hygiene habits
Be honest – do you brush twice a day for at least two minutes each time and floss at least once? If not, it’s time to commit to a regular oral hygiene routine. Brushing alone only reaches about 70% of your tooth surface, which leaves the rest accumulating plaque and bacteria that will ultimately cause gum disease. If you can’t get the hang of flossing, try using interdental brushes to clean the spaces between your teeth instead. Make sure you change your toothbrush head every three months, and if you haven’t upgraded your manual brush yet, investing in an electric toothbrush will likely be one of the best decisions you make this year.
- Quit smoking
It’s no secret that smoking is bad for your general health, but did you know that it’s particularly bad for your oral health? Smokers are four times more likely to suffer from gum disease and tooth loss than non-smokers, are at a much higher risk of oral cancer, and frequently develop unsightly brown staining on their teeth as well as bad breath. Giving up smoking has numerous benefits, and your risk of developing smoking related illnesses, including oral cancer, will decrease after you quit.
- Get the treatment you need
Been putting off restorative or cosmetic dental work? Make 2020 the year that you fix that damaged tooth, replace that filling, or book that orthodontic consultation appointment. The longer you postpone getting the treatment you need, the more likely it is that you’ll require more extensive (and expensive) dental work. Our experienced dentists and hygienists here at St Peter’s Lodge can help patients address long-standing problems that other practices haven’t managed to resolve and are able to help even the most nervous clients feel at ease in the dentist’s chair.
- Brighten your smile
One of the fastest ways to improve the appearance of your smile is with a risk-free tooth whitening treatment. At St Peter’s Lodge we use Zoom! Whitening, which removes staining and discolouration to give you a sparkling white smile in a very short period of time. You can also give your smile a boost by cutting down on tooth-staining drinks such as tea, coffee, red wine, cola, and foods with a strong natural dye (such as curry).
- Book a preventative check-up appointment
One in five British adults only visit the dentist when there’s a problem with their teeth – if you’re one of those people then make this the year you start having regular check-ups. Seeing your dentist twice a year helps to treat problems before they start causing discomfort and prevents issues from developing into more serious oral health conditions so you can conserve as much natural tooth tissue as possible.
Motivated to start 2020 with excellent oral health habits? Book your next appointment at our St Albans practice today.