Some simple tips to help keep your dental appointments for check ups only.
Perhaps we should start this blog post by saying that you should never ‘avoid’ going to the dentist. It is an essential part of maintaining healthy teeth and gums, and our friendly dental team at the Cygnet Dental Practice in Wickford, Essex will always try to make your visit as pleasant as possible.
Few people mind having dental checks, of course, but equally, most people hope to avoid having any actual treatment. Today’s blog offers five simple ways in which you can help to make this a reality.
- Brush your teeth – This is a ‘must do’ if you wish to have strong and healthy teeth and gums. It is also important to do it correctly – and this is where too many people go wrong. Make sure that your toothbrush, or head of an electric brush, is no more than three months old as it will become less effective as the bristles become worn. You should brush in a gentle circular motion and should not ‘scrub’ your teeth as this can cause enamel wear and receding gums. If you feel the need to brush hard because your teeth are stained, you may wish to consider a teeth whitening procedure to correct this. You should use a toothpaste that contains fluoride as this will help to strengthen the protective enamel of your teeth.
- Use dental floss – Only around one in five people use floss, yet it is an extremely effective weapon in the fight against gum disease. Again, it should be done correctly, with a gentle sideways motion rather than the ‘sawing’ one that some people use. This will help to remove food debris and bacteria from between the teeth and the gum line. Our dental hygienist is available should you need advice on how to carry this out correctly.
- Avoid sugars – A diet that is high in sugar, including the consumption of soft drinks, is one that increases the likelihood of dental problems including decay. Whilst it may be impossible to eliminate sugar entirely, reducing your intake, whilst at the same time improving your oral health care (see above) will help to avoid many of the problems that may otherwise arise.
- See the hygienist – Visits to the hygienist at the Cygnet Dental Practice help to ensure that even hard to reach bacterial deposits are removed, thereby helping to avoid gum problems such as gingivitis and periodontitis. In addition to the health benefits, your teeth will feel much cleaner and may even appear a little whiter as a professional polish can remove some surface staining.
- Wear a mouthguard – If you play a contact sport such as rugby or football, it is well worth considering having a protective mouthguard made. It only takes one collision with a flying elbow to do some serious damage to your teeth which may then require extensive dental surgery. A mouthguard will help to protect your teeth from this type of impact.
Even with the best will in the world, accidents can, and do, happen. In the event of a dental emergency we recommend that you call us as soon as you can so that we can make a prompt appointment with our Wickford emergency dentist to ensure that you do not suffer any longer than is necessary.
Patients can contact the Cygnet Dental Practice by either using the form on our website or calling us directly on 01268 733078.