Dental hygiene is mental hygiene. This doesn’t just apply to grandmothers saying they will wash your mouth out with soap if you use bad language, but a healthy mouth has far reaching benefits, and can be life-changing. Good oral hygiene can improve self-confidence, which leads to greater success in relationships, as well as careers.
A great smile can change your life, and your visual appearance, which will give you a positive mind-set, leading to greater opportunities, and feeling much better about yourself.
Your teeth’s health also impacts on your body, as teeth chew food and help with digestion, and absorption of nutrients. Without our teeth, we can’t speak and pronounce our words properly, and finally, our teeth determine the face’s shape. Without teeth we have hollow cheeks, which makes us look older sooner.
It makes sense to take care of your teeth, as it is an investment for life, and tooth decay is extremely painful. If it is not treated, it can lead to damage of nerves, or the tooth can become infected. This will lead to root canal treatment in order to prevent bone loss, or even loosing a tooth in the end.
A good routine keeps the gums healthy with regular cleaning and check-ups.
A good routine:
• Before you go to bed, brush your teeth, do the same in the morning after waking up.
• Use fluoride toothpaste to strengthen tooth enamel
• Clean with floss between the teeth
• Quite smoking to avoid discoloured teeth, gum disease, tooth loss and, in the most severe cases, cancer
• Get a new toothbrush every 2-3 months
• Go for check-ups with your local Vancouver dentist regularly
• Eat a variety of foods rich in vitamins and minerals
• Gum disease can be prevented by eating fresh fruit and vegetables
• Finish a meal with a piece of cheese. It will reduce the effect of acids from food, which damages the teeth.
Some more great tips to a healthy mouth:
• Brush your teeth for at least 2 min
• Choose a toothbrush with a small- to medium-sized head
• Choose a toothbrush with round-ended nylon bristles
• Choose a toothbrush with soft to medium, multi tufted bristles
• Consider using an electrical toothbrush
• Brush by doing small circular movements
• Avoid sugary drinks or foods
• Brush your tongue to freshen your breath and clean your mouth from harmful bacteria
To test if your breath is fresh or smelly, lick your wrist. After it has dried, give it a sniff. If there is an unpleasant odor your breath probably smells too.
Fear of dentists? A few tips:
• Many people are really afraid to visit their dentist, and you are not the only one. If you are anxious about visiting your dentist please tell him or her so that they can adapt their procedures accordingly
• Invite a friend along to make your visit more pleasant.
• Listen to music with headphones to block the sounds and take your mind off things
Don’t avoid your dentist. Treatment that comes too late will be more extensive and invasive than otherwise. Go for your regular checkups, and remember that your dentist is there for your health.