As we are all very aware, making sure your teeth and gums are kept healthy is the only way to achieve and keep a gorgeous smile. However, as with anything in life, sometimes life gets in the way of the maintenance and we neglect our teeth.
Now, while we say ‘neglect’ this does not necessarily have to be extreme. In fact, many people feel that they’re doing the right thing with their oral health but end up with poor teeth because their efforts aren’t quite enough.
In today’s blog, Advanced Dentistry takes a look at some common myths when it comes to maintaining your teeth and gums and what may want to take notice of, should a beautiful smile be something you want to achieve.
Common myths when it comes to looking after your teeth
One major myth when it comes to looking after your teeth is that if you get them cleaned every six months to a year you are going to be able to maintain your teeth and gum health. While this approach is obviously good for your teeth to some degree, you may want to consider more regular hygiene visits as this is a better way to identify any potential issues before they become a problem.
A lot of research suggests that a healthy mouth requires three or more hygiene visits every year because this is a better way to manage potential periodontal problems in the long-term.
You are what you eat
Another thing to consider with your dental health and maintaining it is what you eat. We all know that certain foods are going to be better for your teeth and gums but we also know that those sugary treats are hard to resist. This is why it’s a good idea to eat lots of healthy foods, while keeping a sensible hold on the candies or fruits with high acid levels.
One thing that will really help you maintain your teeth is obviously good brushing. This should be done regularly and be complimented with dental floss to ensure any food that has got trapped between your teeth is removed.
However, many adults claim they only brush once a day – thus overnight all that they’ve done during the day is getting to work on their teeth. It’s important to make sure you take the time to brush every day, at least twice a day and that you have a good quality tooth brush to do it with.
Other things you can do to look after your teeth
While you can’t be expected to avoid anything that may do damage to your teeth you can change the way you do things, which will help. For example, if you do drink fizzy, sugary drinks, why not drink them out of a straw? This will help to minimise damage to your teeth over time.
These are just a few tips and should you have anything more serious happening with your teeth or gums then do contact us and arrange an initial consultation.