4 tips for healthy teeth and happy smiles this autumn
September 11th, 2018
The holidays have finished, the kids are back in school and sadly, the summer is truly over. It’s easy to feel sadness and even a certain sense of nostalgia as autumn begins to set in and the days start to get colder and shorter. But with these four tips for keeping your teeth in the best possible condition, there’s also plenty to smile about.
1. Brush properly
During the summer holiday season, we tend to go with the flow and adapt, rather than sticking to rigid routines. In order to keep the peace as parents, many of us let children get away with things they wouldn’t normally be able to, such as staying up late or playing computer games long after they ought to be asleep. As we focus our efforts on avoiding conflicts and having a break from playing the role of enforcer, it’s all too easy to let teeth brushing become one of the things that gets overlooked.
With the children back at school and the daily routine returning to a more structured state, now is a great time to make sure that both you and your family are brushing your teeth correctly. It is advised that adults and children alike brush twice a day for at least two minutes, using a fluoride toothpaste. You can also improve your oral hygiene by adding floss or interdental brushes to tackle areas that a normal toothbrush simply cannot access.
2. Book a check up
According to a recent article in Dentistry.co.uk, people aged 34 and under are more likely to visit a dentist for teeth whitening or other cosmetic treatments than for a routine check up. Whilst it is positive that people are taking a keener interest in their teeth than ever before, it is also potentially a ticking time bomb. Regular dental examinations are, for your teeth, what solid foundations are for a house. If you miss your routine checkup, damage or gum disease may go unnoticed, allowing it to develop into a much more serious problem requiring dental treatment.
Autumn is a great time to get back into the habit of keeping regular visits with the dentist for both you and your family, to make sure that you have every reason to keep on smiling all year round.
3. Be snack sensible
Whether it is fuel to keep the hunger at bay in the office or break time snacks and lunch boxes for the kids, being snack sensible can really help to keep your teeth in the best possible condition. If you are watching the waistline and opting for low calorie snacks, be aware that these sometimes contain high levels of sugar. In fact, ‘healthy’ cereal bars often contain as much as 30% sugar. Another risk with cereal or biscuit bars is that they tend to leave a lot of residue on and around the teeth, which can increase the risk of acid attack. The same is also true of starchy foods such as crisps or bread. Savoury foods such as these can sometimes be just as bad as sweet snacks, as they create a perfect harbour for bacteria. If you do find yourself snacking on foods like these, it can be a good idea to use mouthwash afterwards to help lower the risk of damage to your teeth and avoid the risk of bad breath.
A great alternative that will benefit your teeth and gums – as well as your waistline – is raw vegetables such as celery and carrots. These actually function as a natural toothbrush, helping to clean the surface of your teeth with a delicate abrasive effect. Cheese is another great food that is not only nutritious, but also helps to reduce acidity.
4. Drink right
If you want to keep that summer shine in your skin for as long as possible, then drinking plenty of water is recommended. Water is also a great drink as far as your teeth are concerned, especially when drinking between meals. If you or your children are not fans of pure water, try to opt for low sugar or ideally sugar free drinks and avoid high sugar, carbonated drinks such as cola and energy drinks.
If you are planning to make sport or fitness a priority this autumn, be conscious of what sports drinks you use too, as many of these can contain extremely high levels of sugar. If consumed regularly, these drinks can substantially increase your risk of tooth decay.
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