Dental hygiene is very important. Lots of people think of dental hygiene as cosmetic but it is actually very important to your overall health. Issues with your teeth and gums can be very serious and lead to infections which can potentially be life threatening. It is vital that you look after your teeth and gums well from a very early age.
You should be brushing your teeth at least twice a day and also trying to floss between your teeth to remove any build up that the toothbrush cannot get to. It has been proved that using an electric tooth brush offers a much higher level of cleaning than a manual one.
You need to use a toothpaste that has the right level of fluoride for your age and if you have sensitive teeth, use one that is specifically designed for that purpose. If your teeth are extremely sensitive then you may even need a prescription toothpaste from your dentist.
After brushing your teeth, you may want to use a mouth wash. Using a mouthwash that contains fluoride can help prevent tooth decay, but a very common mistake that people make is to use it straight after brushing their teeth. Doing this will wash away the concentrated fluoride in the toothpaste left on your teeth.
During the first lockdown in the UK Dentists had to shut other than for emergencies. This meant that lots of people got behind with their appointments. Although dentists have since been able to reopen, many of us are still not booking our check ups. If you are not very keen on going to the dentist anyway then you may find It even more daunting due to what is going on at the moment.
Dentists tend to wear masks and googles anyway so you will probably find that actually not a lot has changed once you get in to the chair. Some waiting areas are closed and they prefer you to wait outside until you are called in, but all in all the process need not be any worse than any other time.
If you are concerned about visiting the dentist, it may be worth giving them a call and discussing your worries with you. They should be able to talk you through what you need to do and what steps they have in place to protect you. It is important to not leave it too long between check ups as if an issues is not picked up quickly it may end up being a lot worse and causing pain. You may even have to lose a tooth, so don’t delay get that appointment booked back in.
Looking after your teeth is vitally important and alongside good dental hygiene regular visits to the dentist should be a priority if you want to avoid dental problems in the future. A few years ago, it was exceedingly difficult to find an NHS dentist who was taking on new patients, but this has now changed with most towns having a dentist that you can register with.
Some people have an aversion to visiting the dentist perhaps because they have had a bad experience in the past and so try to find a dentist that they feel understands their fear and who they can trust. The best way to find a suitable dentist is to go on the recommendation of family and friends and read online reviews as fear of dental treatment is a common phobia.
When you find a dentist who you feel will be sympathetic it is a good idea to spend time relating past dental experiences to them so that they are aware of any issues you may have.
If you are taking children to the dentist perhaps for the first time most dentists are very amenable and encourage children to simply sit in the dentist’s chair and open their mouths until they are old enough to be able to let the dentist check their teeth in any detail.
If you are a nervous patient, you will know just how stressful it can be going to the dentist. Luckily, there are some things you can do to help. Here are some tips for staying calm during your appointment:
- Make sure the dentist knows you are nervous. They will be able to reassure you and explain to you what they are doing, which can make it all seem a little less scary and unknown. Tell the receptionist when you are booking your appointment.
- Take deep breaths. This gives you something to focus on, and it is something you can do even whilst you are having your teeth examined. Breathe in and out for five seconds each.
- Don’t let your nerves put you off. The more often you go to the dentist, the less scary it will become. The power is in your hands, and with a little bit of practice, you will be able to normalise the experience.
Cosmetic dentistry might not feel like a priority for you. If that’s the case, it probably means you are blessed with beautiful teeth that don’t need any cosmetic attention. If you are troubled by the appearance of you teeth, then you might well be able to relate to the importance of cosmetic dentistry.
It’s important that cosmetic dentistry is available to those who want it. It serves an important function, making people happier in their appearance and allowing them to have more confidence. This means they will be happier to smile more! A great smile is something that helps everyone to feel more confident.
Orthodontics involves the straightening and cosmetic movement of teeth. An orthodontist will be able to help you re-align your teeth, something that is going to help you improve your smile enormously. Cosmetic dentistry is always going to have a place in the dental field and will continue to help people feel happier and more content.