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Hate the dentist? Well you are not alone.

In fact 67% of people recognise the need to visit a dentist after seeing signs of bad oral health, but only 42% tend to seek advice. That’s because 75% of adults experience some degree of dental fear. But it’s time to face your biggest fear! It all starts here.

Taking regular care of your teeth and gums is vital and it is never too late to start and the more you arm yourself with valuable knowledge you are one step closer to improving your oral hygiene.

It is estimated that 90% of the world’s population will suffer from some form of dental disease in their lifetime but, much of this could easily be treated or prevented with a good oral care routine.

Adopting good oral hygiene habits from early in life, as well as getting regular dental check-ups is a great way to enjoy a healthy functional mouth. Not only will this help maintain optimal oral health, into old age, but will help manage any challenges associated with oral disease. No matter what your age – 5, 25, 65 or 85 years – oral health is vital to general health and well-being.

So how do you keep your smile sparkling from an early age?

  1. Watch what you eat and drink. Take calcium and vitamin D, these help with bone density, strengthening and keeping your teeth healthy.
  2. You should brush your teeth twice a day for approximately two minutes at a time, and if possible after every meal. Once after breakfast and once before you go to bed.
  3. Replace your toothbrush every two – five months or when the bristles start wearing out
  4. Do not forget to rinse and clean your toothbrush after use, store it upright to allow it to air dry
  5. Floss once a day. Flossing isn’t there to replace brushing your teeth – rather it’s a complimentary method to achieving optimal dental hygiene by reaching those difficult areas that a normal toothbrush can’t reach.
  6. Use alcohol free mouth wash. This is a good option to flush out any bacteria, where the toothbrush cannot reach. It can also help maintain strong teeth and a pleasant smelling breath
  7. An annual dental check is essential and if possible visit your dentist twice a year – a good dental clean will last six months before going back for another check-up.

Oral hygiene is not only about having fresh breath and a bright smile – it’s also directly linked to your health. So don’t be scared and let a phobia ruin a beautiful smile and next time you’re in the bathroom brushing your teeth don’t pass up on the opportunity to floss and gargle to keep those pearlies looking healthy.

 

Source: Philips Oral Health. Image: Depositphotos.

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