Your smile is one of the first things people notice when they meet you, so it is important to keep your teeth and gums in good shape if you want to ensure you make positive first impressions.
It is not only the aesthetic side that makes looking after your teeth important, but oral health is also essential for hygiene and health reasons too.
Even if you’ve been told that you have nice teeth, it’s crucial to take the right steps every day to take care of them and prevent problems from occurring in the future. This involves getting the right oral care products, as well as being mindful of your daily habits, and what the foods you are putting into your mouth.
Some steps to consider to improve your oral hygiene are:
- Brush and floss regularly
Though it is common knowledge that it is necessary to brush your teeth twice daily, it is important to ensure you are doing so properly. To prevent damage to enamel or gum irritation, don’t scrub too hard, and use a soft brush if possible.
You may want to invest in an electric toothbrush to combat cleaning hard to reach places and avoid unnecessary irritation, and a good quality fluoride-free toothpaste.
- Don’t neglect your tongue
The tongue is the perfect place for plaque to build up and many of us often forget about it when brushing our teeth. Not only can this lead to bad mouth odour, but it can also lead to other oral health problems including gum disease. Gently brush your tongue every time you brush your teeth or purchase a tongue scraper to make the job easier.
- Consider your diet
We all know sugary food is bad for our teeth, and acidic fruits, teas, and coffee wear down tooth enamel. While you don’t necessarily have to avoid these foods altogether, it is important to be mindful, and consider brushing your teeth immediately after eating when possible.
Additionally, eating crunchy fruits and vegetables that contain healthy fibre, is a good choice for your teeth since this can reduce plaque and naturally prevent bad breath. Antioxidant vitamins, such as vitamin C, and other nutrients from fruits and vegetables help protect gums and other tissues from cell damage and bacterial infection.
- Take advantage of our professional cleaning services.
Poor dental hygiene can cause gum disease, decay and bad breath. We offer a professional cleaning services to all clients here at Smile More dental care, to ensure our patients’ teeth are as healthy as possible. We strive to provide our patients with the beautiful, healthy smiles they desire – and oral hygiene is at the core of this service.
Teeth whitening is an easy and simple treatment that can enhance a smile without being overly intrusive or invasive on tooth tissue. It is a great conservative method that falls into the category of cosmetic dentistry and provides the perfect solution for discoloured teeth. More.
At Smile More, we offer both at home and in-surgery whitening options. Get in contact today on 020 7586 1210 or book a professional cleaning or teeth whitening session online
Dr Paul Abrahams is the principal dentist at SmileMore and has worked in North London for 21 years providing general and cosmetic dental care.
Dr Paul Abrahams heads up the SmileMore Dental Care team. He qualified at Guys Dental Hospital in 1989, and has undertaken extensive postgraduate studies in cosmetic and aesthetic dentistry since.
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