Maintaining good health is a two-fold process, professional care under the trained eye of a skilled dentist in Liverpool and patient responsibility in self-care at home. Dental health care tips range from the simple and well-known to the not-so-obvious. With the advent of the internet there exists a maelstrom of information and advice that can be overwhelming, confusing and contradictory. Here at Liverpool Smile Studio we believe in keeping dental advice simple by making sure our patients understand the simple essentials in keeping teeth and gums in good condition. The better our patients understand what is important, the better able they are in taking positive action to look after their oral health.
Five dental health tips not to ignore
- Clean mouth effectively
Your mouth contains not only teeth, but gums and tongue, and these need to be thoroughly cleaned as well every time you brush your teeth. Gums are kept clean and healthy by using dental floss to remove food particles in between teeth that provide a rich source of ‘food’ for enamel-destroying bacteria to thrive on. Bacteria collect on the tongue as well which means it should not be ignored during your brushing routine.
- Do not put off dental treatment
It is common for many patients to ignore a dental problem, be it a toothache or gum inflammation, in the hope that it will just go away on its own. This is far from what really happens. Not only will patients experience pain and discomfort, if left untreated, minor problems will only escalate to becoming bigger problems. Nervous patients need no longer fear dental services, not with the availability of sedation techniques such as IV sedation. If you fear your anxiety is keeping you from seeking dental care, look for a dentist in Liverpool that offers sedation techniques.
- Approach dental fads with caution
It is only natural to be swayed by dental fads advertised in the media, but before you buy that natural toothpaste or teeth whitening product, it is important to do your research. For toothpastes to do the job they are intended for, they need to contain fluoride so make sure that if using natural toothpastes appeals to you, that these contain this essential ingredient.
- Some teeth whitening products are effective in brightening stained or discoloured teeth while others can do more harm than good. It is always best to check with a dental practitioner for recommended products and brands. A professional in-office teeth whitening procedure carried out by a trained dental practitioner is the best option for safe and effective teeth whitening.
- DIY dental care is dangerous
There are numerous ‘instructive’ dental care videos available that are not made by dental professionals and should be used with caution. Trying to straighten your teeth at home using dubious methods places a serious risk on damaging your teeth and gums. Proper dental care should always be supervised by a qualified dental practitioner.
The ideal is that your teeth should serve you for a lifetime. This is possible with good oral health care as recommended by dental professionals. Following professional advice and suggestions will keep your mouth in top condition. For more dental health tips, schedule a consultation with a dental practitioner at our clinic.