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5 Reasons Why Cleaning Your Teeth is So Important

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Oral health is important to your overall well being. Maintaining your oral health by keeping your teeth, mouth, and gums healthy through daily cleaning is one of the best habits you can form. According to studies, dental pain is one of the worst pains most people will experience, and even with professional and efficient dental treatment, once pain has developed it can be a long road to recovery; prevention is always the best course of action. Read on to find out some of the benefits of keeping your teeth and mouth clean, and the best methods of doing so.

Reduce Build-up of Plaque

Plaque is the film of bacteria that builds upon our teeth when we eat and drink. If left too long, plaque can harden into tartar build-up around the gums, which can lead to gum irritation and ultimately gum disease. Plaque also interacts with sugary foods, turning it acidic which eats away at the enamel coating that protects your teeth. Once that coating has been corroded, it’s impossible to regrow or replace it, leading to potential life-long sensitive teeth.

Improve Self-Confidence

Better oral health is known to increase self-confidence in both personal and professional situations. If your breath smells fresh and your teeth are bright, white, and stain-free, you will both look and feel better when talking and interacting with others.

Eliminate Bad Breath

Suffering from bad breath can be devastating to your self-confidence and enjoyment of eating and drinking. Not only does bad breath have an unpleasant smell, but it is often accompanied by a heavy sour taste in your mouth. Regular cleaning with minty fluoride toothpaste helps to keep the bacteria in your mouth under control, reducing or eliminating bad breath.

Brighten Your Smile

It isn’t pleasant when your teeth are yellow and stained. While professional whitening services are available from dental specialists, the best course of action is always to try and prevent the staining from building up in the first place. Regular cleaning, flossing, and mouth-washing will help to remove the daily staining from eating and drinking, keeping your smile bright and stain-free.

Save Your Money

Toothbrushes, toothpaste, and mouthwash are all cheap compared to the costs of emergency dental care. Keeping your teeth and gums clean will help to keep your mouth healthy and reduce the risk of requiring painful and expensive emergency dental treatment.

How to Clean Your Teeth

Brushing

Brushing your teeth is at the core of good dental hygiene. You should aim to brush your teeth for around 2 minutes (30 seconds a quadrant) at least morning and night, although brushing after each meal is a good idea. Both electric and manual toothbrushes provide excellent cleaning when used correctly (small strokes at a 45-degree angle), and replaced every 3 – 4 months, but do be gentle on your gums when using electric models. Any good fluoride-based toothpaste will work, it’s more important to pick a flavour you like so you will be encouraged to use it regularly. Mild whitening toothpaste can also be a good idea to help keep staining at bay.

Flossing

Brushing your teeth can only go so far. Bacteria, plaque, and food particles can easily get lodged in the gaps between teeth that are hard for toothbrushes to get to. Flossing in addition to brushing removes any build-up between the teeth, preventing problems down the line. Flossing is also easier than brushing when out and about so is a great way to keep your mouth clean after meals out.

Tongue Scraping

Brushing and flossing prevent the build-up of bacteria in and around your teeth, but bacteria can also build-up on your tongue, leading to bad breath, altered tastes, and unsightly colour. Gently scraping your tongue with a tongue scraper or even just brushing it with your toothbrush will help to remove the film of bacteria keeping your tongue looking, tasting, and smelling clean and healthy.

Mouthwash

Mouthwash helps to reinforce your other dental cleaning procedures, acting to flush any germs, plaque, or bacteria that have been dislodged by brushing and flossing. Sugar-free and non-alcoholic mouthwashes are the best options, as mouthwashes containing alcohol can irritate and inflame your gums.

When to See a Dentist

Regular dental checkups are important to ensure that your oral health is being maintained and issues aren’t developing unbeknownst. Many dental problems can start to develop slowly with no outward symptoms or pain. Your 6-monthly dental check up allows your dentist to keep an eye on your oral health and stop any problems early on before they can develop into something more serious. It also gives them a chance to provide advice and pointers on an oral hygiene routine tailored to you.

If you are suffering from any dental pain or discomfort, though, it’s important to schedule an appointment with your dentist as soon as possible. Even the slightest discomfort can be a sign that something serious is wrong, so it’s always best to have it checked by a dental professional. Left untreated dental problems can become a major issue, even life-threatening in some cases, so don’t delay in seeking help.

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Faqs

A denture is a removable replacement for missing teeth. At Aesthetic Dental and Denture Clinic, we offer two types of denture, complete and partial. Complete dentures are necessary when all your natural teeth are missing. A partial denture is used when some natural teeth remain. If you are having extractions, we can also provide you with an immediate denture. This is often an interim denture so you can avoid the embarrassment of being without teeth.

A denture usually lasts between five and seven years. Time and natural changes in the mouth will affect the fit and wear patterns of your denture. If your denture is worn and doesn’t fit as well as it used to, it may require a repair or reline. Having your denture checked every two years will help to ensure a proper fit and by following your denture care instructions, you’ll extend the life of your replacement teeth. 

Dentures don’t last forever. Dentures usually last between 5 to 7 years and need to be relined every 1 to 2 years. Over time dentures become worn and don’t fit as well, so it’s important to reline them regularly. The better you follow your denture care instructions, the longer your replacement teeth will last. 

It is advised that you visit your dentist every 6 months for a check-up and clean. This will help to prevent any major oral health issues from occurring. However, if you have bad breath, bleeding gums, discoloured teeth, cracked or chipped teeth, tooth or jaw pain it is advised to make an appointment with your dentist as soon as possible.

At Aesthetic Dental and Denture Clinic, we know attending the dentist can be difficult for nervous and anxious patients. We offer a number of options to help make your next visit as calm and stress-free as possible. Contact us today and a friendly dental technician will be able to give you all the options available. 

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