New Year’s Resolutions
Most of us make promises to ourselves about living a healthier lifestyle in the new year. Gym memberships shoot through the roof in January every year and have faded considerably by March. Some people give up alcohol in January, or eat less carbs and fatty foods. As with most resolutions, our lifestyles take over our resolutions and we become more intense about work, money, bills, etc. We return almost immediately into our stressful ways replacing good health with anxiety. In this article, we want to provide you with a few tips to a healthier lifestyle and how to maintain this during the coming year.
Our general health is vital to us all living a comfortable, happier life. Dental professionals will tell you that the starting point for good general health is good oral health. It makes sense actually. It is through our mouth that we fuel ourselves each day. It is through our mouth that we express our love and happiness. It is also where germs are stored and swallowed. This, in turn, can lead to teeth falling out, gum disease, bad breath, stomach ailments, skin infections and possible cancers. This is how important your oral health is and it is therefore really important that every attention is given to your mouth as a starting point to your general health.
Let’s start with the basics.
Your toothbrush, or toothbrush heads, should be replaced every 3 months. If you have a cold, flu or any other infection, please replace your brushes immediately after your symptoms have subsided, otherwise you will be re-infecting yourself. The bristles on a brush are designed to last for up to 3 months, after this they become softer, splayed and inefficient. An inefficient brush will not attack plaque, the sticky gunk in your mouth that is a breeding ground for germs and bad breath. This is where a good Oral B or Sonicare brush will really help. Your Dentist Recommends is an excellent website that offers a wide range of products at great prices. They even offer a virtual hygienist (live 1 to 1 video chat) to talk through your concerns and offer advice.
The battle with plaque is on-going and the only way to keep it at bay is to brush twice a day for two minutes. It also requires you to floss once a day and visit a hygienist every six months. There are two ways to floss effectively. Firstly, you can purchase flossing brushes like Tepe in supermarkets. This is a great video that demonstrates how to use them – Flossing Many people dislike using flossing brushes and find a water flosser much easier to use. This link has some great options – Water Flossers
Taking your oral health seriously has many brilliant benefits. Not only will you enjoy a healthy white smile, but your will not be hampered with bad breath. This is your time to blossom, but it does take a bit of discipline. We can help with this as well. When was the last time that you visited the dentist or hygienist? Perhaps the thought of having your teeth examined gives you the fear, perhaps cost is preventing you from making an appointment, or maybe no dentists in your area are taking on new NHS patients. We have an amazing solution that covers all of these blocks. This website contains a list of dental clinics whose skills include working with patients with dental anxiety. Remember, you would happily call out a plumber if your toilet was blocked, so visiting a dentist with neglected teeth is just as simple. Neither judge you, they only help to alleviate the problems. So getting an appointment with either an NHS or a private dental clinic is made easy. In fact, Defacto actually pays for your first appointment at any private clinic in the UK! We also contribute towards a hygienist visit, ensuring that your oral health is given the attention it deserves. The Defacto Teeth Guarantee costs less than committing to a gym membership and guides you through your journey, your commitment, towards your oral health. If any treatment is required over the next 12 months, your Guarantee will cover the costs up to £3,000. If you have an accident, your teeth are insured up to £1,000. Because all of this is already paid for, you will never get a surprise dental expense again. You will also be receiving treatment from the very best dentists in the country! It is worth considering this as part of your oral health strategy.
12 months later.
This is what we are looking for:
We want you to feel confident every time you smile.
We want you to have the freshest breath in your family.
We want you to become best friends with your dental support team.
We want you to be comfortable in receiving the best dental care from the best dentists.