It is not surprising to see how many people do neglect their dental health as it is considered as something not easily damaged (unless an accident happens, of course), hence overlooked until it is beyond our reach to do something about it.
Despite the trends to educate people on the importance of keeping a healthy routine for our dental care, we can say that nearly 70% of people above the age of 30 are prone to need dental implants within the next 20 years. Scary indeed, but that isn’t the truth for younger generations with the developments made for children’s dental health during these latest years.
Is there a way in which we can lessen our negligent conduct to something as valuable as our dental pieces? Most certainly. Let’s take a look at these four easy ways to improve our dental health in no time!
1. Dental cleaning as part of your daily habits
The number one cause of dental damage is the lack of proper cleaning routines, especially for those who spend a lot of hours outside their home due to work demand. Regardless of how unpractical it may seem to be carrying a little bag with your dental care supplies, today we can say there’s no excuse for such malpractice as there are travel kits for dental care including foldable toothbrushes, dental floss, and pocket-sized toothpaste and mouthwash for us to use anytime we need.
Start your morning by cleaning your teeth the first time you set foot in your bathroom, then keep the habit going by cleaning your teeth at least twice during your typical working shift: after lunch and prior reaching home. By night, repeat the procedure prior going to bed.
It only takes 21 days to build a new habit, why not start today?
2. Your teeth reflect your diet
There is a reason why dentists ask patients to cut down caffeine intake or habits like smoking at a young age: your tooth enamel gets tainted as years pass by with such sustained habits.
Despite existing many methods for teeth whitening, with proven results, if there is a slim chance of helping these future treatments to work best, then we must certainly explore them.
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Food with high concentrations of colourants and artificial aromas are 70% more prone to damage tooth enamel than healthy home-made meals. The most important nutrients we must ensure they take part of our diet are calcium (found mostly in dairy products), fluoride (found in toothpastes), phosphorus (dried nuts, meats, poultry, beans, fish and dairy products as well), Vitamin D (fatty fish like salmon, tuna), and magnesium (leafy greens, nuts, seeds, whole grains, yogurt and bananas). Vegetarians often suffer from fragile teeth due to not include enough nutrients in their diets, hence the importance of complementing their diet with multivitamin supplements.
3. Avoid brushing after eating
As healthy as it may sound to brush your teeth right after you finish your meal, you should at least wait for 30 minutes, so you give them enough time to demineralise. Of course nothing will happen if you need to leave in a hurry and do it from time to time; however, continued practice of brushing your teeth while they are still mineralised will expose your dental pieces to tooth enamel damage, not only altering their appearance but leaving the gates open to tooth decay.
4. Schedule periodical visits to your dentist
Finally, no one else knows what’s best for your dental health than your dentist. Despite how good we consider we are doing things, using floss each time we do our clean up routine or spending money on the priciest mouthwash solutions, there are methods of cleaning that can only be achieved with professional machinery.
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Also, your dentist may find potential damage due to conditions unknown to you, like bruxism, and revert their effect prior it becomes too late to take action.
Your dental health is also part of your identity, and there isn’t a better presentation card than a flashy smile: Don’t postpone it another day!