Here at Smilepad we spend a lot of time fixing problems that have arisen with people’s teeth that originate from a lack of care.
Tooth decay, cavities and periodontal disease are just some of the issues we deal with on a daily basis, all of which can have long lasting effects on oral health.
This is why preventative dentistry is so important for avoiding this kind of problems before they occur. This not only includes things that you should be doing, but also what we can offer here at the Smilepad clinics.
The first one is an obvious one, but it is amazing how few people brush their teeth the recommended minimum of twice a day. Failure to do so won’t necessarily have an immediate impact, but over time the build up of bacteria in your mouth can lead to numerous problems.
You should also replace your toothbrush three or four times per year as the bristles began to fray and fall out.
Regular dental check-ups
It’s vital that you pay a visit to your dentist at least once a year to ensure any problems that may be developing can be caught early. Even if you think everything is fine, it’ll be much easier to treat an issue early than if you wait until you’re in pain. It could be the difference between a five minute filling and having a tooth removed.
A balanced diet
This involves more than simply cutting down on the sugary and acidic drinks that we all know are so bad for our teeth.
A well balanced diet will include many more vitamins that are important for maintaining good oral hygiene. This includes making sure you get your five-a-day, while including simple carbohydrates such as white bread and drinking plenty of water are also important.
Avoid more serious conditions
Believe it or not, poor oral hygiene can lead to more problems than those that are tooth-related.
Diabetes, heart disease, osteoporosis, respiratory disease and cancer are all linked to an unhealthy mouth, This is because the bacteria that builds up in the mouth can enter your bloodstream and end up in other parts of the body.
If you’re pregnant preventative dentistry is even more important, as poor oral hygiene is also linked with premature and low weight births, so be sure to brush extra thoroughly and visit your dentist a couple of times during your pregnancy.
To find out what preventative dentistry treatments we can provide here at Smile Pad, or to ask a question, get in touch with our friendly and experienced team.