Few people genuinely look forward to seeing the dentist. While it's a good idea to see them every six months, there are ways you can avoid seeing them more often. From good oral care through to protecting the bacteria in your mouth, these tips are simple and can help you stay away from your dentist's office.
Engage in good oral care
Not only does poor oral hygiene make your breath smell, but it will also increase the number of visits you need to make to your dentist. Failing to engage in good oral hygiene may result in:
- Gingivitis, which means you have an infection in your gums
- Dental decay, which may result in a filling or a tooth removal
- An abscess, which can cause infections elsewhere in your body
Oral care isn't just about brushing and flossing, though. Choosing the right toothbrush also has a big impact. Most people need a soft toothbrush, especially if they're prone to receding gums. On that matter, if your gums are receding, your dentist will need to prescribe a specialist toothpaste that minimises the harm they encounter. Finally, don't spend too long brushing and ensure you hold the toothbrush at a 45-degree angle to the base of the tooth. This ensures you tackle the tooth effectively and maintains your enamel's integrity.
It's not just the sweet stuff you need to avoid
You're likely already aware that you need to avoid eating too many sweets. However, did you know that products containing phosphoric and citric acid cause the same problems? The main reason for cutting down on sweets is that the bacteria that feed off them product acidic substances that wear away the enamel on your teeth. Some products that are low in sugar have the same effect, as they contain phosphoric and citric acid. This includes diet sodas, which soften your teeth and increase the risk of cavities. Indulging in the occasional one won't cause too many issues, but you should try to drink more water instead.
Don't hurt the good bacteria in your mouth
Did you know your mouth contains both good and bad bacteria? Like many areas of the body, it relies on a healthy balance of the good bacteria to keep itself healthy. It's for this reason that you shouldn't use an antibacterial mouthwash unless your dentist prescribes one to you. Contrary to popular belief, it'll make your breath smell bad rather than good. Additionally, when it disrupts the mouth's bacterial ecosystem, it increases the risk of cavities and yeast infections.
Should you need to see your dentist more often than every six months, don't skip the appointment. Your oral health is central to how you look, talk and eat. If you have a fear of the dentist, chat with a professional at your practice, and they can help