Regular brushing and flossing is essential if you wish to have strong, healthy teeth that are free from disease. However, there are a few other things you can do that will help to improve your dental health.
- Keep an Eye on Your Snacking
Regularly snacking on sugary or carbohydrate-rich foods increases your risk of cavities. If you do need a snack, choose crunchy fruits and vegetables or foods that are calcium-rich such as cheese or sugar-free yoghurts.
- Eat a Balanced Diet
You need plenty of vitamins and minerals, so your body can fight any oral infections. Include fresh fruits and veggies in your diet, as well as lean proteins, grains and sugar-free diary products. If you need some dietary advice, just ask us for help.
- Regularly Replace Your Toothbrush
Most people will need to replace their toothbrush every two or three months. Some electric toothbrush heads have built-in wear indicators that fade as the brush wears out. Otherwise, ditch your toothbrush as soon as the bristles look splayed or worn as it will no longer effectively clean your teeth.
- Don’t Ignore Tooth or Jaw Pain
If you develop toothache or regularly wake up with an aching jaw, please come and see us, as any type of dental pain is a sign that something is wrong. We can diagnose the cause and can correct the problem, hopefully well before it becomes more significant and expensive.