Your oral health plays an important role in your general well-being. Issues such as gum disease, for example, can result in infections in other areas of the body. So, as we approach a New Year, Kitchener dentist Lancaster Dental has drawn up a 5-point plan to help you keep healthy in 2018.

  1. Brighten Up Your Smile!

Tooth enamel can become stained when plaque and tartar build up on the teeth and around the gum line.

Drinking water when eating foods with a dark pigment will help to prevent staining. Stick to still water: the bubbles in sparkling water can erode tooth enamel.

You can also protect enamel by avoiding acidic or sugary foods and drinks, which react with bacteria in the mouth to produce lactic acid, which attacks enamel. Hard foods can also chip or crack enamel. Dairy products like yogourt, milk and cheese help to prevent tooth decay by fortifying enamel.

  1. Choose Healthy Snacks

Many people realize the importance of a nutritious, balanced diet when it comes to regular meals. However, snacks tend to get less attention, and it’s easy to fall into bad habits that can damage your dental and overall health.

If you want to give yourself an occasional treat of foods or drinks that contain carbohydrates or are high in acid or sugar content, brush your teeth afterwards as soon as possible. You could carry around a travel toothbrush for occasions when you snack away from home.

  1. Chew Gum Instead of Smoking

Smoking is linked to a whole raft of medical problems including gum disease such as gingivitis, which can lead to the more serious condition of full-blown periodontal disease.

Many people trying to quit smoking find that chewing gum helps to overcome cravings for nicotine.

Many dental health organizations, including the World Dental Federation, recognize that chewing sugar-free gum is beneficial for oral health. The gum stimulates the production of saliva, which neutralises acids in the mouth that can cause cavities.

  1. Schedule a Dental Appointment

If you haven’t seen a dentist for some time, why not make a New Year resolution to schedule a dental appointment to give you peace of mind that you don’t have any potential gum or teeth problems?

Some oral issues, including gum disease, may show no obvious signs to a layperson during the early stages. A dentist can not only spot these issues but also check for symptoms of diabetes and oral cancer.

If you’re experiencing sensitivity in your teeth when consuming particularly hot or cold foods and drinks, or you’ve noticed that your gums are bleeding, the sooner you see a dentist, the better.

  1. Don’t Forget to Floss

Brushing alone isn’t sufficient to keep your teeth and gums free from bacteria-laden plaque. A good routine of flossing is just as important to prevent cavities, gum disease and bad breath. If you’re not in the habit of flossing, the New Year is a good time to start.

Running a thin line of cord between your teeth may seem a simple job, but there’s more to the process than that – there’s a right way and a wrong way to floss, so ask a dental professional about the key to successful flossing.

Lancaster Dental wish all our patients a Healthy and Happy New Year.