Your oral health is important – simple changes can make all the difference.
With the new year now well underway, it is still not too late to make those resolutions that you may not have had time to make up to now.
Whilst some of these may involve life changing decisions, you should not underestimate the impact of less dramatic changes. This is especially the case in the area of oral health care, where just a few changes could make a real difference to the health of your teeth and gums.
At The Clock Tower Dental Clinic, we are firm believers in preventative dental care. Although we can restore damaged or infected teeth with procedures such as root canal treatment, or replace missing teeth with implants, we would prefer our Epsom patients not to need these treatments in the first place.
Below, we have listed 6 changes that you can make, that will make a real difference.
Stop smoking – This should be at the top of your list. Not only can smoking cause life threatening illnesses, especially of the heart and lungs, but oral cancers are also on the rise and should be taken seriously. Smoking is a leading cause of this, but, even if you are fortunate to avoid mouth cancer, you greatly increase the risk of advanced gum disease if you smoke.
Use floss – Although gum disease now has more media exposure than ever before, still very few people clean their teeth well enough to completely prevent it. Cleaning between the teeth is an area often neglected and if you use dental floss, you will be taking another step towards avoiding gingivitis and periodontitis.
See the hygienist – Although the majority of people do see their dentist at reasonably regular intervals, fewer will see the dental hygienist. Those that do though will notice a real difference. Not only will a six monthly scale and polish help to rid your teeth and gums of any built up hardened bacteria, but your mouth will feel cleaner and fresher too.