How to Avoid Heavy Dental Treatment

It is fair to say that going to the dentist is not everyone’s cup of tea, some in fact hate the experience. On a personal note I don’t necessarily mind going to the dentist, but only if it is for a quick checkup or something very minor. My local dentists in St. Albans is a great clinic and they have some excellent staff, with this being said, I prefer to see them as little as I possibly can, and my kids would say exactly the same. To avoid having any heavy treatment such as fillings or extractions, or perhaps worse, it is important that you do all you can to look after your teeth, and here is how.

Regular Checkups

To avoid the dentist, you must go to the dentist, and as strange as it sounds, this is a great way to avoid heavy surgery later on down the line. A twice yearly checkup means that any issues in your mouth can be spotted early, and dealt with before the problem escalates.

Brushing

We all know that we need to brush our teeth but doing it right is something that not a people actually do. The first step is buying the right brush for your teeth, something which you should speak to your dentist about. Secondly, you must ensure that you are not brushing too hard, doing so can damage the gums. Finally you should be brushing your teeth morning and night, as well as after food. As part of your brushing routine you should also be looking to use floss, which can get plaque and food out of those hard-to-reach areas.

Watch out For Sugar 

Be careful that you are not overdoing it on sugary snacks and drinks, as these are surefire ways to create oral hygiene issues. Sugar sticks to the enamel fo the teeth and slowly erodes it, which is why you should be minimizing your intake, and brushing after eating something sugary.

Protection

When you or your kids are getting involved in some physical activity, it is important that you follow the guidelines around protecting your teeth. For example if you have a rugby game or you are doing some boxing training, be sure to wear a mouth guard. All it takes is a stray fist or arm and you could find yourself on the operating table having a few teeth removed or replaced.

Vices

It should go without saying but if you smoke or drink excessively then you are doing some tremendous damage to your teeth which they may not recover from. In terms of smoking the answer is to stop as soon as possible as each day you will be further wearing your teeth down and causing all kind of gum issues. Drinking should not be forbidden, but excessive drinking has an awful affect on your teeth, leaving them weak and rotten.

If you want to avoid serious dental issues, make sure that you follow this advice to the letter.