Celebrate National Smile Month
Good oral health can have so many wonderful life-changing benefits. From greater self-confidence to better luck in careers and relationships, a healthy smile can truly transform your visual appearance, the positivity of your mindset, as well as improving the health of not only your mouth but your body too. As part of National Smile Month, here are some top tips covering all areas of your oral health, to help keep you smiling.
CARING FOR YOUR MOUTH
- Brush your teeth last thing at night and at least one other time during the day with a fluoride toothpaste.
- Clean between your teeth at least once a day using interdental brushes or floss.
- If you use mouthwash don’t use it directly after brushing as you rinse away the fluoride from your toothpaste.
- Quit smoking to help reduce the chances of tooth staining, gum disease, tooth loss, and in more severe case mouth cancer.
- Make sure your toothpaste contains fluoride; it helps strengthen tooth enamel making it more resistant to decay.
- Change your toothbrush every two to three months or sooner if it becomes worn as it will not clean the teeth properly.
REGULAR DENTAL CARE IS ESSENTIAL
VISITING THE DENTIST
- Visit your dentist regularly, as often as recommended.
- Some dentist many offer home visits for those housebound or have other difficulties visiting the office.
- If you are nervous about visiting the dentist, make sure they are aware of the reason so they can improve your experience.
- Your dentist will carry out a visual mouth cancer check during your checkup.
- Visit a dental hygienist for excellent tips and advice on preventing dental problems.
DIET AND YOUR ORAL HEALTH
- Chew sugar-free gum after eating or drinking to help protect your teeth and gums between meals.
- Wait an hour after eating or drinking before brushing as the enamel will be softened and you could be brushing away tiny particles.
- A diet rich in vitamins minerals, and fresh fruit and vegetables can help prevent gum disease.
- Finishing a meal with a cube of cheese is a great, and tasty, way to reduce the effect of acids form the foods damaging your teeth.
- Avoid snacking and try to only have sugary foods and drinks at mealtimes, reducing the time your teeth come under attack.
- If you have a sweet tooth, try to choose sugar-free sweets and drinks which contain xylitol as it can actively contribute to your oral health.
CHILDREN’S ORAL HEALTH
- Weaning your baby off the bottle earl can help avoid dental problems.
- Children up to three years old should use smear of toothpaste with a fluoride level of no less than 1000ppm (parts per million). After age three, use a toothpaste with 1350-1500ppm.
- Brush along to a song to ensure children are brushing long enough.
Source : nationalsmilemonth.org