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3 tooth-related tips to be more confident in 2022

After a challenging couple of years, there seems to be a greater sense of confidence among people as we progress into 2022, with more and more people looking to pick up where they left off and make improvements to their personal and professional life. Problems with your teeth, however, can easily hold you back. Here’s how to make sure that doesn’t happen in 2022.

1. Book and keep your dental appointments

The ongoing Covid pandemic means a huge number of UK adults are no longer up to date when it comes to routine dental visits. However, even before this, a significant number of people, for various reasons, were not seeing the dentist as regularly as they should. Leaving it too late means you can miss out on the chance for early intervention to prevent common dental problems, leading to painful and costly dental surgery being needed in some cases.

Whether it’s fear, time or anything else that’s keeping you away from your dentist, a quick look at some of the most recent facts and figures will quickly show you why now is a perfect time to get your checkups back up to date.

  • Over 60% of the population now visit the dentist regularly. While this represents a great improvement over the last three decades, it still means that nearly 40% don’t book a regular appointment – Don’t let yourself be one of them!
  • Tooth decay is known to affect over 30% of adults today, but with swift intervention can often be effectively treated. Without treatment, it can lead to more serious problems and ultimately the loss of teeth.
  • 66% of adults have visible plaque and report that it affects their confidence.
  • Almost half the population are unhappy with their teeth, the most common reason being discolouration. Again, this is recognised as having a major impact on confidence.

It is also worth remembering that a routine dental appointment is also the best way to check for early signs of mouth cancer, which is now fast becoming one of the leading cancers in the UK.

2. Brush your teeth correctly

Brushing your teeth twice a day for at least two minutes is your single strongest defence against tooth decay. But even if you are somebody who does this faithfully, there may still be ways to make your brushing even more effective. Visiting your dental hygienist is the best way to get up to date and personalised information on how best to brush your teeth for the best results, but there are also some general guidelines that apply to all. Always brushing your teeth before bed is of crucial importance to avoid your teeth having prolonged exposure to acid overnight. It is also important to make sure you give your teeth a deep clean covering every angle, and not just a superficial brush of the visible surfaces.

If you don’t always brush your teeth on a regular basis, you are not alone according to the latest figures:

  • Up to a quarter of adults fail to brush their teeth twice a day – increasing their risk of tooth decay by 33%
  • Up to 10% of adults regularly forget to brush their teeth
  • More than 75% of adults have never flossed

Despite there being various opinions on the value of flossing over recent months, the general advice from the British dental bodies is that it still remains an effective tool in keeping teeth healthy – although supplementing your regular brush with interdental brushes can be more effective.

3. Restore your smile with cosmetic dentistry

Despite the name, cosmetic dentistry is not just about looking great – it can actually support your dental health by preventing many of the problems that are associated with missing or damaged teeth. This may range from discomfort or embarrassment through to more important oral health issues such as changes in the structure of your jaw, which can lead to further problems.

If you have broken, damaged or missing teeth, why not speak to your dentist today to discuss the options available. With modern dentistry techniques such as those on offer at Oak Mount Dental Practice, you might just be surprised at how easy it is to restore your confidence with a healthy, happy smile.

At Oak Mount Dental Practice in Didsbury, our friendly and experienced team are the perfect choice for all your dental needs, from preventative dentistry to cosmetic and restorative treatment. To enquire about becoming a member or to book an appointment today, call now on 0161 445 1211.

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