You only get one set of adult teeth in your life, so it’s important to look after them. When you dedicate just a little bit of time everyday to your oral hygiene, you’re greatly reducing your risk of gum disease and loss of teeth.
Not only does keeping on top of your dental regime give you that enviable glowing smile, but also it has hugely positive impacts on your overall health. Poor dental hygiene has been repeatedly linked to heart failure, diabetes, bad breath and gingivitis. If you’re a smoker or have a poor diet you are more at risk of suffering from dental problems such as gum disease and decay.
On top of this, it’s important to remember that once your teeth are gone – they are gone for good. Consistent, preventive care really is the only way to ensure your teeth stay in good form for your whole life.
You can prevent the need for dentures, crowns and implants with simple daily oral hygiene and regular dentist appointments. Booking in a scale and clean every six months is the best way to stay on top of your dental hygiene and gives you the best chance of early detection for any emerging issues. A small investment now will save you a lot in the future. Plus, at Maven Dental Yokine we have dental payment plans to ensure you can afford to keep your teeth healthy.
In-between your visits to the dentist there are some very simple steps you can take at home to greatly reduce your risk of developing dental problems such as decaying teeth and gum disease. Your daily cleaning routine should involve cleaning your teeth for two minutes twice a day, spending equal time in each area of your mouth. Holding your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle pointed towards your gums will help you get the most effective clean. It’s easy to forget the parts of your mouth you can’t see such as the back of your teeth and your molars and wisdom teeth that sit far back in your jaw. Seeing as these areas are just as important to your smile at the parts the rest of the world sees, it’s important to make a habit of reaching them.
Flossing is also very important in removing any build-up your teeth may develop over the day. Flossing between all your teeth (including the back ones) once every day goes a long way towards keeping your teeth clean and helping you avoid needing any fillings or more serious treatments such as a root canal. If you’re using the traditional string floss, aim to use about 45 centimetres every time you floss. This should be enough to get a good grip on the floss and enable you to reach even those tricky back teeth.
The best thing you can do for your teeth though is book a clean and scale every six months. As well as being a strong preventive measure to keeping your teeth as clean problem free, your dentist will be able to show you how to make your daily cleaning routine the best it can be and remind you of the best ways to clean and floss.
At Maven Dental Yokine, we can help and guide you with best practices for healthy teeth and help you develop a routine for a happy healthy smile.