Here at West Ryde Dental Clinic, we hope you enjoyed the gift-giving season and are looking forward to the New Year.
The New Year brings with it the opportunity to turn a new page. That’s why this New Year, we’re looking forward to our patients making resolutions that will help them to take better care of their teeth and gums.
Good dental health habits not only promote healthy teeth and a beautiful smile, but contribute to your overall health as well. Even better, practicing good dental habits protects your wallet from a variety of unexpected expenses.
Here are some dental health tips to consider for the New Year:
Brush For TWO MINUTES Twice A Day
Most people brush their teeth at least once a day. In the morning, to freshen breath and remove the “fuzz”, grabbing a toothbrush has become automatic for most of us. And many people repeat that process at night.
But most people do not brush for the time it takes to entirely remove decay and disease-causing bacteria. So, in 2018 resolve to brush your teeth for a full two minutes, each morning and every night. Use technology if that helps. Listen to a song, scroll through your social media, or use a timer.
Many electric toothbrushes come with lights or buzzers that count you down to when your two minutes are up. These are fun and it’s easy to keep going while you’re waiting for your “buzz”.
Schedule A Dentist Appointment Twice A Year
The turning of the New Year is a great time to complete any dental or cosmetic dentistry procedures that you have put off in 2017. Fillings, dentures, crowns, and implants, all help maintain tooth structure and maintain proper tooth alignment. On the cosmetic side of dentistry, veneers, straightening teeth, teeth whitening, or other teeth bleaching procedures can quickly upgrade your smile to stunning.
We recommend that you and your family make bi-annual visits to West Ryde Dental Clinic for thorough teeth cleanings and comprehensive dental check-ups. Regular dental visits ensure that your oral health is optimised and that you have no dental issues that you might be unaware of. Catching dental problems early protects your health and wallet, and protects you from far more hassle down the road.
Contact West Ryde Dental Clinic now to schedule you and your family’s next dental appointment in 2018.
Drink Plenty Of Water
One of the best things you can do for your teeth is to drink water throughout your day. By drinking water regularly, you can wash away a lot of the bacteria stuck to your teeth as well as any sugary foods you have eaten. Drinking water also increases the amount of saliva in your mouth, which helps defend your mouth against bacteria. Water also helps prevent staining and works to keep your breath fresh.
If you are curious as to how much water you should try and drink throughout the day, one formula is to simply divide your weight by 30. The answer is the number of litres you should be drinking per day. So, if you weigh 60 kilos for example, you should drink 2 litres of water a day, whereas if you weigh 80 kilos, you should drink 2.6 litres (2 litres and 600 ml) of water per day.
Up Your Nutrition Game
Eating well directly affects your dental health. Poor nutrition harms the immune system, making many common oral ailments more likely, including gum disease. Antioxidants and other nutrients found in fruits, vegetables, nuts, and legumes strengthen your body’s to fight off bacteria and inflammation.
This helps protect your teeth and gums. Crisp fruits and raw vegetables like apples, carrots and celery help clean plaque from teeth and freshen breath by stimulating saliva production.
Also, beware of sugar. A study published in September 2014 demonstrated a direct connection between how much sugar someone eats and the amount of tooth decay they have. Cutting back on how much sugar you consume can considerably decrease your risk for tooth decay. The easiest way to cut back on sugar is to cut down on the number of sugary treats you buy.
To do this, you probably need to learn to read food labels, as sugar can show up in unexpected foods (Low fat yogurt, ketchup, etc.) Food-swapping can help you cut back as well: Drink sugar-free seltzer water rather than soda, or chew on sugar-free gum when your sweet tooth calls out for feeding.
The West Ryde Dental Clinic Advantage
At West Ryde Dental Clinic, we provide you with personalised service. All our dentists are highly motivated and accredited practitioners with graduate degrees from the University of Sydney. As well as the dentists, the s
upporting staff at West Ryde Dental Clinic are highly dedicated and experienced to ensure each visit with us is comfortable as possible.
General Check-up, Scale and Clean, X-rays and Fluoride treatment (with any health insurance)
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