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New Year's Resolutions

We would like to wish you all a Happy New Year on behalf of all of the team at RD Dental. That time of year has arrived upon us again where the majority of people I speak to around Leicestershire have made some form of New Year’s resolution to try to better themselves in some way. Most commonly these New Year’s resolutions seem centre on an improvement in lifestyle and/or appearance, whether it be by eating and drinking more healthily, exercising more, cutting out smoking or reducing alcohol intake.

Although some of these resolutions will help to improve your oral/dental health, it is very rare that I hear people say that that their New Year’s resolution is to specifically improve their dental health. However, in the last week we have had two new patients register at the practice, both of whom are nervous form previous bad experiences, who want to improve their dental health and the appearance of their teeth in 2017 so that they can smile more confidently.  Bearing in mind poor oral health can have a negative impact on your overall health and appearance, we have suggested some ideas for New Year’s resolutions to consider from a dental perspective:

  • Toothbrushing and cleaning in between your teeth

With it being a new year it may be worth considering buying a new toothbrush or toothbrush head (if you use an electric toothbrush), particularly you have not changed your toothbrush or toothbrush head in the last 3 months. After 3 months the bristles are not as effective in removing plaque and this can lead to gum disease. If you are considering an electric toothbrush the Oral B professional range of toothbrushes (in which the bristles oscillate and pulsate) are highly regarded – just ensure the model you buy has a pressure sensor and a timer which ensures that you brush your teeth for two minutes in the morning and at night.  A toothpaste containing fluoride is advisable and make sure you only spit and do not rinse your mouth after brushing. We also advise using interdental brushes or floss in between your teeth at least once daily as your toothbrush bristles will not remove all of the plaque in between your teeth. Following these steps will aid in the prevention of tooth decay, gum disease and bad breath.

  • Stop using tobacco products

Smoking is linked to both gum disease and oral cancer. Not only will stopping tobacco use improve your oral health and the appearance of your teeth, it will also improve your overall health. Consider the NHS smoking cessation service, free online tools or local smoking cessation groups to help you.

  • Eat and drink healthier

Avoid snacking on foods/drinks containing sugars in between your meals and particularly avoid sugary foods/drinks before going to bed. If carbonated/sugary drinks are unavoidable drink them through a straw whenever possible. This along with the use of sugar free gum after all meals can reduce your chances of getting tooth decay.

  • Improving your smile

There are several ways to improve your smile, whether it be by simply removing the stains on your teethwhitening your teethstraightening your teeth with braces, replacing your missing teeth or a combination of the above.

  • Making an appointment to see the dentist and seeing the dentist at regular intervals

This is extremely important to help to identify any oral disease at an early stage. Many of the patients who register with our dental practice based in Leicestershire have not seen a dentist for many years due to previous bad experiences. We have several methods to help put anxious patients at ease as discussed in one of our previous blogs and in the Help I’m nervous section of our website. We also advise almost all of our patients to join one our Membership Plans as it encourages them to come to see us regularly, increasing the likelihood of maintaining healthy teeth and gums for life while also having the added benefit of saving them money!

If you have any questions about any of the matters discussed above or about any other aspects of your dental health feel free to pop in to the practice or contact us. It’s not too late to add improving your dental health to you New Year’s resolutions list!

We look forward to helping you to maintain healthy teeth and gums for 2017 and beyond!

Riesh & Devanshee Mody

RD Dental

POSTED 13/01/2017
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