Bad oral hygiene is the nemesis of a great smile. After all, a great smile can make all the difference – to your looks, your confidence, and your self-esteem. So, how can you help ensure your teeth stay on top form and look good day in, day out?
Why is Good Oral Hygiene Important?
An oral hygiene routine is a must – if you want your teeth to look good as you age.
Think of all the things that pass by your teeth – cans of sugary drink, desserts, alcohol, fruit juices... our teeth certainly go through a lot – so good oral hygiene should be top of your list if you want to keep them looking good.
Even though tooth enamel is the hardest substance found in our bodies, and is made up of 96% minerals, it still takes a battering.
If your teeth have seen better days and no amount of good oral hygiene can sort them out, you may need to look to teeth whitening, dental veneers, or dental implants to sort out your smile instead.
But first let’s look at what you can do to boost your oral hygiene routine.
How to have Good Oral Hygiene
According to the NHS, a good oral hygiene routine doesn’t involve too many steps. In fact, they recommend that you -
- Brush your teeth twice a day
- Use dental floss to get to the tricky bits between teeth
- Limit your sugar and alcohol intake, and quit smoking
- Book in to see your dentist on a regular basis – every six months is a good timeframe</h4>
Does Oral Hygiene Affect Overall Health?
If you think you can have poor oral hygiene and not suffer any consequences – aside from your teeth – then think again.
Skimping on your oral hygiene won’t just lead to tooth decay, dental cavities, and possible gum disease, bad oral health has also been linked to more serious conditions such as -
- Heart Disease
So, even if you’re upping your game with your oral hygiene routine, what can you do if your teeth simply don’t look as good as you want them to?
Fortunately, at Este Medical cosmetic dental clinic, our dental experts are able to provide three options to you. They are -
The simplest and quickest way of giving your teeth a makeover, is with teeth whitening. Yes, there are loads of at-home kits you can try for teeth whitening, but did you know, lots of these kits can actually damage your precious tooth enamel?
At Este, our experts are able to whiten your teeth without causing any damage to your teeth or enamel. This option is ideal if your teeth don’t need any other cosmetic work other than whitening.
If your teeth are really beyond their best, they could do with a more uniform look, and you want to cover up chipped or cracked teeth, then dental veneers are a great option.
Ultra-thin dental veneers have the benefit of looking and feeling natural, don’t require any special maintenance, and can even help prevent further discolouration of your teeth.
Dental veneers are favoured by celebrities the world over – just take a look at the likes of Miley Cyrus, Zac Efron, and Tom Cruise.
If you have missing teeth, or a tooth, then dental implants could improve your smile instantly. They’re made of titanium and help preserve bone health, don’t do any damage to adjacent teeth, and can even last a lifetime.
At Este Medical, our dental experts have helped many clients turn their smiles around with premium quality dental implants.
What about Bad Breath?
Do you have bad breath despite oral hygiene? It might be time to pay your dentist a visit. Bad breath despite oral hygiene can signify that there’s an underlying problem.
For instance, you might have undetected gum disease, an infection, or a decaying tooth that hasn’t been dealt with. Good oral hygiene won’t be able to rectify these problems on its own, so it’s wise to see a specialist to find out what’s really behind the cause of that whiffy breath.
Good oral hygiene starts as soon as your first teeth develop – and that obviously requires the input of a parent or carer. It takes time and dedication to keep going, but looking after your teeth and oral health should be high up on your everyday to-do list if you want to stay looking and feeling your best for many years to come.
If you need a little extra help with getting the smile you want, get in touch with the team at Este Medical Cosmetic Dental Clinic.