3 Simple Ways to Improve Your Dental Hygiene
Our bodies are an investment and we feel it’s important to do what we can, when we can to take care of what we’ve been blessed with. Unfortunately, everything seems to have gotten more expensive and we’re very much in a cost of living crisis so it’s not always possible to be consistent with our maintenance. With that being said, where there’s a will there’s a way so here are 3 simple and cost-effective ways to improve your dental hygiene.
So many of our favourite beverages cause teeth sensitivity, cavities, stains and they erode the enamel on our teeth but something as simple as using a straw is a great way to protect our oral health. Using a straw reduces contact between your drink and your front teeth which helps decrease the chances of damaging your pearly whites. Also, canned beverages tend to harbour bacteria and germs on their surfaces which we can unknowingly consume along with our drink of choice; so, utilising a straw when you’re drinking can prohibit bacteria coming into contact with your mouth and lips as well. We love this simple hack because it means you can somewhat have the best of both worlds. It’s not always realistic to completely cut out sweet or acidic beverages and you might just not want to so this way you can still enjoy the drinks you love whilst preserving your oral health.
Visiting a dental hygienist every three to six months (depending on your oral health) is highly recommended as a preventive measure. There’s only so much your toothbrush, toothpaste and mouthwash can do but combining a healthy dental routine with regular visits to a hygienist will help maintain great teeth and gums. You might be wondering what the difference is between a dentist and a dental hygienist. Hygienists offer professional teeth cleaning services which include but aren’t limited to scaling and polishing and treating bad breath. Dentists have a broader range of skills to treat teeth and gums whereas hygienists specialise in cleaning and preventive work. Treatments provided by hygienists can be affordable with the more basic services which would be cleaning and polishing starting as low as £50. Unlike with dentist appointments, you don’t have to wait forever to get an appointment so you can be as consistent as you possibly can with your hygienist visits. You can also expect to receive tailored advice that you can apply in between your visits to support with maintaining your improved teeth and gums.
Last but not least is flossing, a highly neglected helper. Daily flossing is imperative for plaque removal and keeping your mouth healthy. The main benefit to flossing is of course removing any food that’s stuck between your teeth and gums that your toothbrush just can’t reach. When the food particles aren’t removed, they harbour bacteria and even worse if they are fragrant foods like garlic, they will encourage bad breath. If you’ve ever felt like flossing is painful, it’s likely that the floss you’re using isn’t suitable or you’re applying too much force when you floss. There are many different types of floss available to purchase and most are very affordable and accessible. A great way to ensure you’re getting the most out of your floss is to invest in one with added benefits, for example using a floss infused with mint will help leave your mouth smelling and feeling fresh or one with a satin ribbon to provide a more comfortable flossing experience. When you first start flossing you may experience some bleeding and tender gums, the bleeding should stop after a few days so don’t let it through you off too much. If it doesn’t then you should discontinue use and seek professional advice from a dentist or hygienist. You only need to floss once a day, it’s down to personal preference whether you do it in the
morning or at night. A little hack to make sure your consistent, pick a time of day when you have the most energy to floss so you’re less likely to talk yourself out of it.