The Significance of Oral Health


Many people underestimate the importance of oral health.  Keeping their teeth and gums in good condition at home and with the help of the dentist in Tunbridge Wells often slips down the priority list.  However busy life is with careers, family and socialising, establishing and maintaining good oral health is vital.  This is an explanation of how that can be done and why people should make looking after their teeth a priority.

Routine at home

Having a regular oral care routine at home means a reduced risk of dental problems and a greater likelihood of having a smile that looks good.  Brushing should take place twice daily, and it is a good idea to choose the toothbrush carefully.  A brush that is too soft will not be efficient at removing food and plaque, and one that is too hard can cause damage to the enamel.  A medium bristled brush works best for most people.

Many also find that an electric toothbrush delivers better results when it comes to achieving that truly clean feeling, although this is down to personal preference.  The toothpaste used should contain fluoride.  Fluoride is an important mineral that helps to strengthen the enamel of the teeth and is important for maintaining good oral health.

Many people give their teeth a quick scrub and believe the job is done, but if it is for less than two minutes, then they may not fully remove food debris.  If bits of food or the residue from drinks is allowed to sit on the teeth, especially overnight, the condition of the teeth and gums will deteriorate.  If in any doubt, it is a good idea to use a timer to ensure the full two minutes is completed morning and night.

Flossing is also important for removing any debris that the toothbrush has not been able to reach.  It is a good idea to check on flossing techniques with the dentist to ensure that it is really beneficial.  Some people find interdental brushes easier to use, so it may be worth asking about these when attending for a check-up.

dentist having a client teeth check-up

Regular check-ups

Seeing the dentist for a regular check-up is an essential part of keeping the teeth and gums healthy.  They can ascertain that there are no potential issues developing and give advice on the dental hygiene routine at home too.

It is a good idea to make seeing the dental hygienist a part of the check-up.  They offer a thorough clean, the likes of which cannot be achieved at home no matter how rigorous the self-care routine.  They can remove plaque and any festering debris, and the scale and polish can also help to remove stains and make the teeth look whiter and brighter.

Why take care?

Taking care of the teeth and gums by having a regular routine at home and seeing the dentist for check-ups means that the smile will look great, the breath will smell fresh, and the chances of dental pain or difficulty are minimised.  Good oral health can also help to prevent heart and lung disease as well as a whole host of other conditions.

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