New Year’s resolutions to improve your dental health

2019 is here. The start of a new year is a great time to reflect and set yourself a new year’s resolution or two. Many of us do this every year but why not adopt a new habit to benefit your dental health this year? We have listed some suggestions below.

Develop an excellent oral hygiene routine

The quality of your dental health relies on you keeping an excellent oral hygiene routine. You should brush your teeth twice a day for two minutes each time, using fluoride toothpaste and a soft-bristled brush. It is also important to make sure your toothbrush or toothbrush head is changed every three months, or before if the bristles become visibly worn.

The best time to brush your teeth is the last thing before bed, and at one other time during the day – we recommend the morning. However, you should wait at least an hour either side of eating and drinking to brush your teeth. You can also use alcohol-free mouthwash to rinse your mouth and freshen your breath between brushes.

Commit to flossing every day

We see many patients that don’t floss their teeth. Only 21% of UK adults floss regularly, with one in three never flossed their teeth. It’s true that brushing only reaches approximately 60% of the teeth’s surfaces. This means if these surfaces are left uncleaned, your teeth are at risk of developing decay.

It is really important to clean between your teeth using either dental floss or interdental brushes. If you are unsure of the correct technique, ask your dentist or hygienist to show you in your next appointment.

Give up smoking

This is one of the most popular resolutions. Smoking is not only is bad for your overall health, but it is also bad for your oral health. Smoking is one of the biggest causes of mouth cancer and gum disease in the UK. Studies have shown that smokers are likely to lose twice as many teeth as non-smokers.

If you need help to quit smoking, your GP will be able to support you through the process. There are many products available from the pharmacy to help too.

Book regular dental appointments

One of the best ways that you can look after your dental health is by attending regular dental and hygienist appointments. At Regent Dental Centre, our team of dentists are highly experienced and GDC registered. Your teeth will be in very good hands. We recommend the majority of our patients visiting the practice for a dental check-up and hygienist appointment every six months.

If you would like to book your next appointment or register as a new patient, please call Regent Dental Centre on 0161 941 2143.

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