Most of us are no strangers to feeling that there is not enough time in the day to get everything done.
Your alarm clock rings and within minutes you are bouncing around trying to make sandwiches, answer your cell phone, remove the dog hair from your clothes, and make sure you are ready for work. Oral hygiene can easily fall to the wayside.
Which is why Smart Smile Dental would like to take the time to remind you that Dental Health Week is upon us again, and this year it focuses on Oral Health For Busy Lives. This is the perfect time to figure out how to balance your hectic schedule with your dental health needs.
The Consequences of Poor Dental Hygiene
Poor oral hygiene routines can lead to multiple poor outcomes.
- Bacteria are always multiplying—If you skip brushing, bacteria can go on the offense and produce more acidic byproducts that cause tooth decay.
- Disruption of repair — Every night your teeth perform repair functions. If excess food is not removed, the efficiency of these processes is compromised, and simply not as effective.
- Related diseases—Poor dental health has been linked to diabetes, heart disease, dementia, and complications of pregnancy. People with gum disease are 40 percent more likely to suffer from another chronic health condition.
These kinds of outcomes not only rob you of time in your day-to-day life, but they can potentially rob you of lifespan as well. Keeping a high level of dental health helps ensure a high level of general health, and the promise of more time in the future.
Dental Care “On The Fly”
At Smart Smile Dental we often recommend that you think of your dental care as “portable” – take it with you wherever you go. Here area few things you can do to keep up with your dental care on-the-go:
1. Keep a Toothbrush and Floss With You. Keep spare floss and a toothbrush with your. That way you can take care of dental hygiene anytime: after lunch, before a big meeting, or before a date.
2. Miniature Toothpaste Tubes. Almost every brand of toothpaste makes a miniature toothpaste tube. Buy one and carry it.
3. Have Mouthwash Available. Mouthwash fights bacteria and freshens breath.
One of the best ways to keep these tools with you is to create a small dental kit that you can carry with you wherever you go.
Choosing Foods for Optimum Oral Health
Good nutrition is your friend in maintaining dental and general health. To minimise time wasted in dental chairs or doctor’s offices, eat a well-balanced diet characterized by moderation and variety.
Choose foods from the five major food groups: fruits, vegetables, breads and cereals, milk and dairy products and meat, chicken, fish or beans. At the same time, minimise sugary or acidic foods, which can harm dental health. If you snack, choose wisely and opt for nutritious choices such as raw vegetables, fruits, plain yogurt, cheese, milk and popcorn. Always brush or rinse after snacking!
Finally, try to eat in moderation, which is better for your mouth and general health.
Good nutrition adds no more time to your schedule and can actually add time to your life!
Take Your Time At Home
Taking care of your teeth at home can help you maintain your dental health and prevent periodontal, or gum, disease from developing. And a good oral hygiene routine normally takes less than five minutes to complete!
Regular home care should include daily brushing and flossing. Brush thoroughly, at least twice a day, once in the morning and once in the evening before going to bed. Be sure to floss at least once a day. Also consider tongue-scraping (use your toothbrush, floss, or buy a retail scraper) and mouth washes.
Proper dental care at home, combined with seeing your dentist regularly, is your ticket to good dental health, and good dental health saves you time and money!
Visit Us at Smart Smile
At Smart Smile we respect your schedule. We make appointments available until 6pm on weekdays and until 1pm on Saturday. Drive in and out easily, parking in our free onsite parking facility. We are also dedicated to providing you and your family with prompt emergency dentistry if it becomes necessary.
We work very hard to get you in and out of your appointments with no muss and fuss, and on time. Your time is precious, and we won’t waste it!
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For professionalism and convenience in you dental health provider, visit your Deer Park dentist at Smart Smile Dental and let us help you get dental care that doesn’t interfere with your schedule! At Smart Smile Dental experience the benefits of a healthy and good-looking for your lifetime!
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