A smile says a lot about a person. An open, care-free smile speaks volumes about the giver’s confidence and sense of wellbeing. A genuine smile can also give a person warmth and make them more approachable, seem friendlier - and even more employable.
Good oral health has a huge part to play in a person’s ability, and willingness, to show those pearly whites. Teeth should be the brightest part of your smile and keeping them sparkling and healthy requires a lifetime of good oral hygiene habits.
It starts in babyhood; it’s never too early to take a baby to the dentist, as getting a newborn used to the sights and smells will make a dental surgery less daunting as they grow. As soon as a baby gets their first tooth, it’s time to book them in for their own first appointment.
Children should visit the dentist every 6 months so that they can check for any signs of decay and also, as they get older, that their adult teeth are coming through without any issues. Some people mistakenly think that children’s teeth are not important, but any premature extractions can have an effect on a child’s ability to eat healthily and to speak properly. Also gaps in baby teeth can cause growing adult teeth to shift out of line, requiring orthodontic treatment later on.
Establishing a good oral hygiene regime is essential to keep dental problems at bay. Brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing at least once should be a daily habit that is as natural as waking up and eating breakfast! You’ll know when you’re firmly in the habit, when you can’t contemplate leaving the house without brushing your teeth!
It’s equally important to keep up with your regular check-ups with your dentist and visits to the hygienist, both of whom will check your mouth to make sure it’s healthy, including the teeth and the soft tissue, to check for signs of mouth cancer or gum disease. Catching these things early is the best way to stay healthy.
There is also growing evidence that bad oral health is a contributory factor in the development and management of long-term conditions, such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease and although as yet there is no causal link, the evidence is growing.
Although there may be nothing wrong with your teeth clinically it can be that people often feel some level of dissatisfaction with their teeth. If this sounds like you and you’re not entirely happy with their appearance, then help is at hand. There is plenty of non-invasive work that can now be done to rectify niggling problems that prevent a fully confident smile.
At Ringley Park Dental Practice, we can offer discreet teeth straightening, whitening and veneers, all of which can give you the look you desire. If you do suffer dental decay or lose a tooth, we also offer natural-looking white composite fillings and high-quality dental implants that can help restore your teeth back to their former glory.
Remember, a smile is for life, so make oral health a priority in 2020 by establishing a good oral hygiene routine and visiting your dentist and hygienist as often as they recommend. If you do, your smile should last a lifetime - and that is something to smile about!
Kick-start your new oral health regime today by booking a dentist or hygienist appointment. Call us on 01737 240123.
Ringley Park Dental Practice
59 Reigate Road
Surrey, RH2 0QZ
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Phone: 01737 240123
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