Looking After Your Smile During Lockdown

We hope this blog finds you all well and everyone is coping OK with the current situation. As many areas of the UK go back into local lockdown, we wanted to highlight the important of caring for your smile during this time, with routine appointments still on hold. There are several small habits you can implement day-to-day to help keep issues like gum disease and tooth decay at bay. Have a read of how these can make a huge difference to the health of your smile.

Eat the right foods

It’s no secret that there are some foods that your teeth love and some, not so much. As much as it’s so tempting to reach for the quick-fix sugary and carb-heavy foods, it’s not going to do your teeth any favours and consuming such foods regularly can also leave you feeling lethargic and moody. Some foods that are known for actually benefiting your dental health are:

Spinach: contains folic acid and vitamin B which keeps your gums healthy.

Cheese: balances the ph level in your mouth, which means less acid and more saliva to wash away food particles and bacteria.

Carrots: act as a natural toothbrush when you eat them raw

Strawberries: contain malic acid which helps to whiten too enamel.

Don’t waver from brushing twice a day  

In the absence of doing some of the things we love, it can be easy to start giving up on certain good and healthy daily habits – for some people, this can be their brushing routine. It’s vital that you don’t neglect to look after your smile during this time, as the effects of only brushing once a day can become irreversible. Bacteria takes only 30 minutes to start building up on your teeth after eating and if it’s not removed, it multiples quickly, causing the onset of plaque and tartar, as well as bad breath. Teeth are pretty tenacious and strong, but even they have their Achilles heel after enough neglect.

Floss, floss, floss!

Brushing should be the bare minimum when it comes to a good dental health and hygiene routine – in addition, you should be flossing once a day, each day. Flossing dislodges food particles that your tooth brush won’t reach and that would otherwise contribute to bacteria multiplying in your mouth overtime. Floss before bedtime after you’ve brushed and finished eating for the day.

Quit smoking

There are a whole host of health complications related to smoking and this includes where your teeth are concerned. Discolouration, bad breath, mouth cancer and tooth loss are all consequences of smoking. Don’t hesitate to contact your GP, who will be able to help and support you in your endeavours to quit.