2016, a year of controversy, change and surprises – some welcome, some greeted with less enthusiasm. As January, arguably the most depressing month of the year, draws to a close, what better time to make some healthy resolutions to make sure you we are in peak physical condition to meet the challenges 2017 will undoubtedly throw at us. For a change, we are not talking about the health of our bodies, we are talking about the health of our mouths. The great thing is that sorting out this one area will often lead to better overall health without a single trip to the gym.
- The war on sugar has really become ferocious in 2016 with some arguing that it is more detrimental to our weight and cholesterol that dietary fat. Whether you believe this or not, in the dental profession we have been talking about the problems sugar can cause for decades. Sugar causes tooth decay – fact!
- We all know we should floss but few really understand just how far the benefits go. Flossing removes food from the areas a brush cannot reach and helps stop gum disease, which in turn can lead to tooth loss. It also lowers the levels of bacteria in your mouth that can lead to tooth decay.
- Let the professionals do it. We wouldn’t service our cars ourselves so why do we think we can service our teeth. Going to the hygienist on a regular basis and having a really deep clean makes our teeth look amazing but also reduces the chance of decay. A win, win situation in anyone’s book.
- If you are really serious about improving the health of your mouth, consider getting your teeth straightened. It is quicker and easier than you might think and will really improve the health of your teeth. Why? because straight teeth are so much easier to clean with less nooks and crannies for bacteria to hide.