Dental Hygiene: Keeping On Top Of Your Smile
It’s fair to say that it’s super easy to get complacent with the health of our teeth. We can all be guilty of thinking that our teeth are healthy now and, as long as we brush them twice a day, they’ll stay that way. Unfortunately that just isn’t the case. The health of your teeth really does fluctuate and there are heaps of reasons for this. Today we’re going to take a closer look at some of those reasons and what you need to be doing to keep on top of a healthy smile.
What Is Dental Hygiene
When we talk about dental hygiene, we’re talking about all the things that come under the umbrella of keeping teeth clean. This starts with brushing and goes all the way through to check ups. Even the type of toothpaste you buy will in some way be impacting your dental hygiene and this is super important.
Why Is Dental Hygiene So Important?
The team here at Strand On The Green are really keen to get patients on board with the idea of ‘prevention dentistry’. This term is there to help patients understand that the one big thing between them and decay/disease is consistent cleaning. You can prevent a whole heap of issues developing by taking care of your teeth through excellent cleaning; and with the cost of living crisis rising, we want to make sure we’re helping patients spend the least amount of money at the dentist in Chiswick.
What Impacts Dental Hygiene
Dental hygiene is impacted mainly when people change their cleaning routine. Sometimes our lives get busier and we don’t invest those couple of extra minutes flossing our teeth. This is going to impact the health of teeth without question. Flossing is the only way that we’re able to get deep down into the gum line and between the teeth which is where bacteria builds up at turns to plaque and tartar.
Sometimes, when we aren’t feeling so good, we start to neglect ourselves. Those suffering with depression, anxiety, and high stress levels tend to spend less time taking care of themselves. This then ends them up in a vicious cycle of feeling low and neglect. This, in turn, creates more problems for them such as gum disease which will then cause them more psychological stress, firstly from embarrassment and secondly from the cost of having treatment to address it. You see, it’s a nasty loop.
Taking Positive Actions
You really don’t need to overthink this, just taking small steps to get yourself back into a good oral hygiene routine can make big changes, and there are practical steps you can take. Here are two of our favourites from your dentist in Chiswick:
Set timers when you’re cleaning. Often we find patients are brushing for far less than they should be. Make sure you check how long you’re brushing for.
Change your attitude. Tell yourself that you’re flossing as an act of self love. You’re doing this to help your body and protect yourself from a financial burden you don’t need. Give yourself motivation to change.
If you want to know more contact your dentist in Chiswick at the practice via phone or email.