5 dental care tips for dads
This Sunday families across the UK were celebrating Father’s Day. While parents dedicate a huge amount of time and energy to looking after their children, it is easy to forget to look after ourselves – and this includes our dental care. We take a moment to look at how dads can make sure that they are not heading for a dental disaster.
1. Brush and floss twice daily
For both mums and dads of younger families, it can be pretty difficult to get a moment in the bathroom without little voices vying for attention. For those with teenagers, the problem is often getting in there at all. This, combined with a never ending list of household chores demanding your attention and trying to find time to relax and unwind after a hard day’s work can mean that taking the time to brush and floss your teeth properly can be difficult – but no matter how tired you are, don’t neglect this essential part of your oral hygiene routine, as it is the single most important line of defence against tooth decay.
Dentists recommend that you brush your teeth for at least two minutes twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste, and always before bed. This helps to protect your teeth from being attacked by acid as you sleep. Flossing is also recommended to get rid of any left over food particles and clean areas that your toothbrush can’t access.
If you use a mouthwash, don’t rinse directly after brushing as this can wash away the fluoride protection. It is better to rinse at a different time of day, for example after lunch.
2. You are what you eat (and drink)
The food and drink you consume has a huge impact on your oral health. Frequent consumption of sweet or carbonated drinks can be extremely bad for the teeth, as they are highly acidic. A word of caution for the active dads too – sports drinks should also be consumed with care as these can also be harmful to the teeth.Try to opt for sugar free versions as much as possible. Likewise, try to avoid snacking between meals. Although sugary snacks are typically the worst, starchy foods such as crisps can also leave deposits on your teeth that provide a perfect environment for bacteria to grow, causing acid levels to increase.
If you do find yourself needing to snack, it may help to use mouthwash or even chewing gum afterwards to help reduce the acid level.
3. Visit the dentist regularly
For busy dads trying to juggle career, family duties and some semblance of a social life, it’s not always easy to set aside time for things like visiting the dentist – but this should always be a priority. Not only is it imperative to make sure that your teeth and gums stay healthy, it can also benefit your wider health. For example, your routine dental examination also allows your dentist to conduct checks for any signs or symptoms of oral cancer, which is currently one of the fastest increasing types of cancer in the UK.
Oral health is also linked to many other health conditions, so healthy teeth and gums really are fundamental to your overall health and wellbeing.
4. Look after gaps and crooked teeth
Whether you are bothered by their visual appearance or not, it is well worth investing in treatment to rectify missing or crooked teeth. Crooked teeth can impact your dental hygiene as they can make effective tooth brushing difficult, with some surfaces hard to reach. Innovative solutions such as SmileTRU clear aligners are a discreet and reliable way to get a straighter smile without getting in the way of your lifestyle.
If you have one or more missing teeth, it is important to get them treated as over time, missing teeth can cause weakness to the jaw which can lead further tooth damage and even cause other teeth to fail. Dental implants are ideal for a wide range of cosmetic solutions, whether you’re just missing a single tooth or have several teeth that need replacing. Dental implants provide a long term solution that not only can help you feel more confident, but can also be much more comfortable and practical than other, less permanent tooth replacement techniques.
5. Visit your dental hygienist
Your dental hygienist is a key member of your dental team and can help you take a proactive approach to looking after your oral hygiene. As well as conducting a regular scale and polish to remove any harmful bacteria from around the base of the teeth, your hygienist can also help you to ensure that you have an effective dental care routine in place and advise you on any personalised plans that may benefit you.
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