Looking after your teeth is often one of the most overlooked healthy habits. Let’s improve this habit in 2021!
With busy work, family, and social schedules, it can be easy to forget about your teeth. They are so essential to your everyday life, and yet forgetting a dentist appointment or forgoing a nightly brush can seem all too familiar. Here are a few reasons why looking after your teeth should be put back into the spotlight.
Of course, the first port of call for oral health is your dentist. It’s so important to have regular dental check-ups, as this can pick up on any problems with your teeth early on and help treat and manage them. If you are a dentist, you will know that it’s still so important to make your appointments, whether in-person or online, as many medical practices are adapting during the pandemic to make their services as accessible as possible and make it as safe as possible. If you are trying to find ways to convince your patients to use your services and book these all-important check-ups again, make sure to use the right tactics.
It’s fairly common for your teeth to become discolored, and this can happen for a variety of reasons. These include smoking and dietary factors, such as drinking coffee or tea. ‘If it can stain your clothes, it can stain your teeth’ is a good mantra to go by, though this is not exclusive. Coffee and teas, for example, contain tannins that are responsible for that brownish tint they leave behind. Drinking less of these beverages and switching to water can help, as well as drinking them through a straw, and there are also plenty of whitening toothpastes and services that your dentist can advise you about.
This is an incredibly common tooth problem. Cavities occur when your tooth begins to decay, and holes appear. They can be incredibly painful and also cause temperature sensitivity. You may even be able to actually see the cavity. There are plenty of procedures to rectify cavities, including tooth removal, fillings, and crowns. A good oral hygiene routine is essential in minimizing the risk of getting one, so regular dental checks, brushing, flossing, and avoiding too many sugary foods and drinks will help keep your whole mouth healthy and your teeth strong and clean.
Many people will get braces throughout their lifetime, as they are used to treat a range of dental issues, from overbites to crowding. There are also plenty of options and variations to choose from, such as Invisalign or metal braces, so it is very easy to find an option that suits you and works with your daily routine. It is common for children and young people to have braces, as it is best to rectify dental problems early on to prevent further complications in later life.
Another common result of poor oral hygiene, gum disease occurs when plaque builds up on the teeth. Symptoms can include bleeding, inflammation, and redness, and if untreated, can result in tooth loss. Again, regular brushing and check-ups will help maintain the health of the gums and spot any problems early on. There are other elements that can affect the likelihood of developing gum disease, such as smoking and diabetes, so it is important to keep your whole body healthy, not just your mouth.
These are just a few reasons why you should try and remember to look after your teeth and what can happen if you don’t. Your dentist will be able to advise you and help you maintain healthy teeth and gums for as long as possible. How will you be looking after your teeth in 2021?