This month is National Smile Month – a national campaign which aims to make a positive difference to the oral health of people throughout the UK.
Here at Sunshine Dental, we are passionate about putting the smiles back on people’s faces as good oral health has so many wonderful life-changing benefits.
From greater self-confidence to better luck in careers and relationships, a healthy smile can truly transform your appearance, the positivity of your mindset and your general health.
Our teeth play such an important role in our lives, enabling us to eat the foods we enjoy, talk and speak clearly and give our face its shape. So, our key messages to help people look after their teeth and smiles are:
- Care for your mouth by brushing your teeth last thing at night and at least one other time during the day with a fluoride toothpaste
- Clean in between your teeth at least once a day using interdental brushes or floss
- If you use a mouthwash don’t use it directly after brushing as you will rinse away the fluoride from the toothpaste
- Change your toothbrush every 2-3 months or sooner if it becomes worn
- Quit smoking to help reduce the chances of tooth staining, gum disease, tooth loss and in more severe cases mouth cancer
- Visit the dentist regularly. If you are nervous about visiting us – talk to us first we will work with you to help you overcome your fears.
- Cut down on how often you eat sugary food and drinks
- Avoid snacking and only have sugary foods and drinks at meal times, reducing the time your teeth come under attack
Maintaining a general level of good oral hygiene is not time consuming or costly yet many of us still choose to ignore the most basic day-to day hygiene routines.
A staggering number of us brush for less than 2 minutes a day and our diet as a nation has become heavily laden with sugary drinks and foods, while millions of people don’t see a dentist regularly. The consequences of this can lead to unnecessary, invasive and expensive treatment with repercussions of poor oral health having effects on the whole body and increasing the risk of heart attacks, strokes, and dementia.
Poor oral health isn’t just about problems inside the mouth it is hugely important to our personalities, self-confidence, relationships and success so if you would like help improving your oral health or would like to chat to one of us on ways in which we can help.
Please contact us or call us on 0115 9733591