For many the New Year is a time of resolutions, new activities, and big and little changes alike. And many people think January is the best time to make plans to practice better dental hygiene – but in fact, any time of the year is the best time to take better care of your oral health.
Regular dental visits are often a starting point for those hoping to look after their teeth in the New Year. Your dentist will be able to pick up on and fix any small dental issues they see before they can become big issues.
However, routine visits to the dentist are just one part of practicing good oral hygiene. To change the way you feel about your smile, improve your oral health as well as overall health and boost your self-confidence, you should also make personal changes towards a brighter and happier smile.
Here is a list of the five most important oral health steps to take in the New Year:
- Brush your teeth and gums gently for at least two minutes twice a day. This will help to reduce dental decay and plaque build-up. If you have trouble sticking to the recommended brushing time, put a timer on or brush along to a song. Don’t forget to floss daily to remove food particles between your teeth that your brush can’t reach.
- Choose and use the proper equipment. You should use fluoride toothpaste and a soft-bristled toothbrush that fits your mouth comfortably. Consider using an electric or battery-operated toothbrush, which can help reduce plaque and even a mild form of gum disease.
- Throw out your toothbrush and get a new one regularly. A new toothbrush, or a replacement head for your electric toothbrush, should be bought every three to four months. When your bristles become frayed they no longer clean properly and bacteria can begin to harbour in them.
- Don’t delay going to the dentist – even if you dread it. It definitely pays to visit the dentist twice a year for an annual check-up. You should be visiting even more if you have high risk factors for periodontal or gum disease. In the long run you will save money with routine visits, and the visits you do have will likely be less eventful and faster.
- Even if you wear dentures, visiting the dentist is still important. We don’t see the dentist just to get our teeth cleaned. Dentists also screen for oral cancer and can help with many other issues besides. Preventative visits are key for everyone, so don’t miss out just because you think your mouth is in tip-top shape.
By incorporating this advice into your daily, monthly and yearly oral health routine, you can improve your overall health throughout the year. Remember, teeth are for life, not just for the New Year!
Call us here at Dental Care Partnership on 0121 354 1922 to book an appointment with one of our friendly team.