The Link Dental Surgery’s Top Tips for Staying Dentally Healthy During Lockdowns
Currently, the UK is facing unprecedented circumstances and as a result our day-to-day life, including routines, have been altered. However, despite this during the current climate, it is essential that we continue with the upkeep our oral health and general wellbeing.
Although dental practises, including The Link Dental Surgery, remain open during the latest lockdown it is essential to maintain your oral health as poor routine could lead to issues that require treatment, or surgery.
So, with that in mind, here are some of the best ways to keep up your oral hygiene during these challenging times:
Top Tips for Staying Dentally Healthy:
• Brush your teeth twice, daily. Brushing your teeth once in the morning and once in the evening is essential when it comes to oral health. When brushing, ensure that you are reaching all of those difficult places, such as your wisdom teeth (in adults).
• Don’t forget those interdental spaces! Developing a daily flossing or interdental brushing habit is key to ensuring a clean mouth. Bacteria can form easily between the teeth and gums and the best way to keep bad bacteria at bay is to mechanically clean these surfaces. There are many products on the market, your dentist and hygienist will be able to advise on the best options for you.
• Avoid unhealthy snacks in-between meals. It’s easy to be tempted by the sugary snacks or carbonated drinks in our kitchens (especially when they are within arms reach!). If you’re going to snack we recommend opting for something more healthy and nourishing such as fresh fruit in moderation vegetable sticks, nuts or cheese instead of a chocolate bar. Chances are you will feel fuller for longer and you will also be looking after your teeth!
• Avoid highly sugary smoothies, fruit juice and fizzy drinks. Fizzy drinks can contain large amounts of sugar, which will increase the risk of tooth decay. Fizzy drinks (both those containing sugar and sugar-free or “diet” versions) also contain acids that can erode the outer surface of the tooth. Consider switching your sugary drink for a healthier alternative such as water, green tea, home made juices that are fresh and/or fresh fruit flavoured mineral water.
• Finally, ensure regular check ups with your dentist! It’s something that you’ve heard over and over but why are regular dental visits so important? Dental appointments shouldn’t just be made when you have a problem that needs to be addressed. Prevention is always better than cure and regular visits can help your dentist detect early signs of oral disease, such as hun disease, tooth decay as well as oral cancer.
Here at The Link Dental Surgery, we have noticed a significant rise in incidence of dental decay over the past few months and feel that maintaining a healthy diet and regular brushing and interdental cleaning is the key in battling this issue.
If you are due a check up, or are unsure of when your next appointment is due, please contact our reception team.< Back to blog