Autumn is almost upon us. After a summer of sunshine and fun, it’s time to look forward to cosy nights in and brisk walks in golden-hued forests. With a change of season on the horizon, it’s a good idea to have a think about taking care of yourself. One step you can take is looking after your smile. The sun may be fading, but that doesn’t mean that your pearly whites need to follow suit. Here are 4 tips to help you take care of your teeth this autumn:
- Book a dental check: if you haven’t been to the dentist yet this year, now is the time to pick up the phone and book a routine check-up. Checks are quick and painless, and they can reduce the risk of decay and gum disease significantly.
- Brush up on dental hygiene: good dental hygiene is the best weapon against dental disease. If you’re guilty of skipping brushing, or you tend to just speed around your mouth with a brush, rinse and go, now is the time to pay more due care and attention to your oral regime. Take your time to cover every surface of every tooth, brush gently, and use fluoride toothpaste. Set a timer for 2 minutes, invest in an electric brush, and don’t rinse after cleaning. This removes fluoride from the surface of your teeth.
- Avoid snacking: many of us tend to eat more when it’s chilly outside. The lure of the TV, snacks and cosy blankets can make even the healthiest person adjust their routine. There’s nothing wrong with the occasional treat, but try and avoid grazing if possible. When you eat, bacteria in your mouth release acids, which attack your enamel. If you eat throughout the day, this means that your enamel never has a chance to recover. Instead, stick to three larger meals.
- Moderate your sugar intake: sugary foods are bad news for your teeth and gums. If you tend to have a pudding every day, you’re a fan of fizzy drinks, or you snack on sweets or biscuits between meals, it’s a good idea to try and reduce your sugar intake. You can use apps or a food diary to track your intake and see if you’re consuming too much sugar on a daily basis.
If you’d like more dental care tips, or you’re keen to make an appointment, don’t hesitate to get in touch.