The world of aesthetics is an industry that continues to grow and evolve. How you view your appearance is personal, however you may find that this is often influenced by society and current trends. Facial aesthetics has begun to take more of a holistic approach, considering the entire facial profile within a bespoke treatment plan. This is more frequently including the way a person’s smile looks; which can be key to complementing and completing the overall desired appearance.
We’re sure that as a child you’ve been told how important it is to look after your teeth. Good dental hygiene from a young age can help to develop strong and healthy teeth and gums, as well as to ensure you take good habits into adulthood.
WHAT CONSTITUTES GOOD DENTAL HYGIENE?
Our dental hygiene routine should be undertaken everyday to ensure the teeth look nice, and complications are less likely to develop. Here are some handy tips for maintaining good oral hygiene:
THINK ABOUT WHAT YOU EAT AND DRINK – Your diet can often influence the health of your teeth and gums. Limiting your intake of sugary foods and acidic foods will help to eliminate enamel erosion – the main reason for the formation of cavities (holes in the teeth). Choosing fresh, crunchy foods over ready-made, softer foods can help to develop strong jaws which are essential for chewing, and in speech development for young children. Drinking plenty of water is an important part of a healthy diet, but it can also help with your oral hygiene. Having a glass of water after a meal can help to wash away any sticky or acidic substances so they don’t sit on your teeth.
BRUSH REGULARLY – Brushing your teeth gets rid of plaque, bacteria and any food debris that has built up on your teeth and gums. Brushing should be undertaken twice a day, especially before going to bed. However, it’s important that brushing is done well, otherwise it can be just as harmful as not doing it at all. Circular motions over all of the teeth is usually the best method, which should also cover the gumline. It’s important to take your time, and not to press too hard – whether you choose to use a manual or electric toothbrush. Using a fluoride toothpaste is strongly advised, as it helps to form a protective barrier over your teeth, and gets rid of the germs that can lead to tooth decay.
DON’T FORGET ABOUT YOUR TONGUE – Plaque can also build up on your tongue which contributes to the development of dental health complications, as well as bad breath. So gently brushing this part of the mouth every time you clean your teeth is also very beneficial.
INCLUDE FLOSSING AND MOUTHWASH – After brushing you should consider flossing and using mouthwash. Flossing is just as effective as brushing your teeth when it comes to oral hygiene, as it helps to remove debris from between the teeth. This action can be undertaken just once a day to have a positive impact on your oral health; helping to stimulate the gums, lower the chance of inflammation and reduce plaque. Using mouthwash supports the efforts of your dental hygiene routine. It can help to loosen and / or wash away food debris that is stuck on the teeth, reach places that are harder to get to with a brush and reduce the amount of acid in your mouth. There are many brands available, including on prescription when they can be used for a more targeted approach to improving oral hygiene.
GET REGULAR DENTAL CHECK-UPS – Visiting your dentist regularly is the most beneficial way to ensure you are doing all the right things regarding your oral hygiene practices. You should have a check-up twice a year (usually every 6 months), which keeps an eye on the health of your teeth and gums. Dentists can detect any complications that have developed and treat them accordingly, as well as identify any developing problems – which can also be dealt with (possibly at an early stage). Their expertise can help to prevent the formation of potential dental issues, and they give the best oral hygiene advice.
Ambra Aesthetics in North Finchley is expertly led by Dr. Maryam McMillan who began her career as a dentist. Having pursued her passion for aesthetics and experiencing the rewards this can bring, Dr. McMillan is including dentistry within facial aesthetics. At Ambra you can undergo a range of dental treatments to help improve your smile, and your overall appearance.
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