The dentist. Now we know that to some of you that may be the scariest word in the English language – in fact, chances are you’ve even been ‘ghosting’ your dentist for years now… Never fear, we’re here today to make you feel better about the word.
How? By pointing out some very valid reasons as to why you should be getting regular check ups. We’ll also show you some tips and tricks for staying on top of your oral health in between check-ups.
We’ve all been guilty of putting off the dentist, right? The same way that we put off other simple tasks such as mowing the lawn or putting the car in for a service. But after a while your car has broken down, your grass is overgrown and that achy tooth that you’ve had for years will most likely have to get removed.
Why get dental check-ups?
Putting off, or ‘ghosting’ and skipping the dentist all together, can result in some very serious health issues.
We’re not here to scare you, but getting regular check-ups can stop the spread of gum diseases, tooth decay and even cancer! So, making time to pop in and see your local dentist will ensure that you, your gums and your teeth are at their healthiest.
So what counts as a regular check-up? Twice a year is recommended.
What can I do In-between check-ups?
It’s important to stay on top of maintaining your oral health in-between dentist visits to prevent the development of serious issues.
Here are 3 things you can do to make sure your pearly whites stay in their best condition:
- Floss Regularly
Sometimes brushing just doesn’t cut it.
Flossing before you brush can actually loosen up the plaque that is hiding in hard to reach spots around your teeth making them easier to clean.
- Brush for at least 2 minutes
We know that during the mad rush in the morning when you’ve snoozed your alarm and you now have exactly 13 minutes to get yourself to work that brushing your teeth effectively may not be at the top of your list, but it’s still very important.
Brushing for less than 2 minutes may get rid of your morning breath but has no real impact on your overall oral health. Setting an alarm or singing your ABC’s x4 will result in an effective brushing routine.
- Change your toothbrush every 3 to 4 months
Whenever you see the bristles start to fray on your toothbrush is a good indication that it will need to be replaced.
Why? Old toothbrushes can hold dangerous bacteria that can cause some harmful gum diseases. So, treat yourself to a new toothbrush (or toothbrush head) every 3 months – you and your teeth deserve it.
I think it’s safe to say you may all be feeling a little bit guilty right now but hey, your reading this blog post, so you’re heading in the right direction to becoming an oral health superstar.Leave a reply →