World Smile Day is on the first Friday of every October (which this year is October 6) to remind people to smile and be kind to others.
Our team at Core Dental love nothing more than looking after your teeth and helping you achieve the smile you want. To make sure your smile is ready for World Smile Day you need to be looking after your dental health, so here are some important tips to look after your pearly whites.
Home dental hygiene routine
Brushing your teeth thoroughly twice a day is something everyone should be in the habit of doing. You should be brushing for at least two minutes each time, though be careful not to brush too rigorously as you can wear away the thin top layer of gum.
Some people might easily forget about flossing and think that brushing is enough to keep your mouth clean, but flossing once a day is important to reach the areas between your teeth that your toothbrush can’t. Plaque can form between teeth and if left untreated will begin to harden, which is then referred to as calculus or tartar. This has long-term consequences, which is why it’s crucial not to skip flossing.
Keeping up regular dental check ups is an important part of looking after your oral health. By going to the dentist every six months, your dentist will be able to maintain the health of your teeth and immediately address any dental issues that are discovered.
As well as your dentist you should also be visiting a hygienist. During an appointment with a hygienist, they will perform a clean, scale and polish to remove plaque, tartar and some stains from your teeth, and administer a fluoride treatment.
Even if you have good dental hygiene and brush your teeth everyday, you need to have regular check ups to ensure your teeth and gums stay healthy.
Limit sugar intake
By cutting down on how much sugar and acidic food and drinks you consume, you can help reduce the chance of tooth decay. You should try not to snack during the day as this will help reduce the amount of acid formed in the mouth.
To curb your sugar cravings chew sugar-free gum instead. This will stimulate saliva flow and wash out the mouth, as well as help to neutralise plaque acids.