Looking After Your Teeth

 

Your teeth are one of the most important parts of your body. They help you break down the food you ingest so that your body can better digest it and absorb all the nutrients it needs. If you want to take care of your teeth then you also need to ensure that you look after your gums and the inside of your mouth in general.

Make regular appointments

Dental care can be expensive but it is not something you should compromise on. Your teeth need looking after and making an appointment with your dentist at least every six months is absolutely important.

Receiving good dental care can prevent cavities from forming as you will be able to catch early signs of tooth decay and so on. In addition, your dentist will likely schedule regular cleanings that can help prevent the build-up of plaque, food residue and can ensure that cold sores and mouth ulcers do not get out of hand. Go to a dentist that comes highly recommended, preferably one who has a reputation for putting patients at ease. Your dentist’s appointment should not be one that you dread. Furthermore, one bad experience in the dentist’s chair could potentially prevent you from returning for a follow up or lead you to post pone your next appointment which is not good for your teeth.

Keep them clean

In between visits to the dentists you need to take care of your teeth on your own. If your dentist has recommended a particular brush or type of toothpaste then make sure that you use it. These products have likely been recommended for your benefit and will only help keep your teeth in good condition. Brush at least every morning and night. If you need to brush your teeth after eating wait at least half an hour before you do so – eating can allegedly soften the enamel on your teeth and brushing while it is soft could actually do more harm than good. Also, make sure that you floss regularly. Flossing is a great way to prevent plaque from building up and for preventing gum disease.

Warning signs

Keep a close watch on your teeth. If something feels funny or painful make an appointment with your dentist as soon as possible. Do not delay as it will only make things worse. Watch for tooth discolouration, marks on teeth and chips. Bad breath could also be a sign of gum disease or tooth decay so do not dismiss that either. Use a mouthwash regularly to get rid of residual bacteria and keep your breath smelling fresh.