Our social media feeds, TV, radio and all the papers are full of well-meaning advice on New Year – New You, with dozens of suggestions for health resolutions in 2019. Some of them sound pretty elaborate and a lot of hard work! I’d like to suggest a simple approach to a healthier you. Why not resolve to keep your teeth really clean this year? The best thing about this resolution is that it is simple to do and easy to stick to.
Every day, brush your teeth with a fluoride toothpaste for two minutes, once just before you go to bed and at one other time during the day. When you have finished brushing, spit don’t rinse and remember to have regular dental check-ups, as often as your dentist advises.
Keeping your teeth clean will help prevent tooth decay, keep your breath fresh and will improve your overall health.
Poor oral healthcare means bacteria forms plaque in the mouth. This leaves teeth and gums vulnerable to oral and other diseases. Tooth decay and gum disease can cause discomfort, pain, disease, and can lead to social isolation and lack of self-confidence, as well as lost school or work days. If these conditions are neglected, they can have a really negative impact on the rest of your body. Long term gum infection can impact the control of diseases like diabetes and heart disease.
Despite what you may read about charcoal, vinegar and even lemon juice, there is no better substitute for cleaning your teeth than using a fluoride toothpaste. If you are interested in whitening your teeth in 2019, talk to your dentist about the clinically tried and tested methods that are open to you. Remember, only a qualified dentist is legally allowed to whiten your teeth.