Have you ever thought flossing was a waste of time or an optional extra to your cleaning routine? Wondered just how much damage a sugary drink causes your teeth? Do you think that visiting the dentist twice a year is throwing your money down the toilet? We at PS Dental Care have heard it all - all the questions, complaints and misinformation that people adhere to, preventing them from having good dental health.
Seeing a dentist in Soho is as important as visiting the doctor when you are sick
When you are sick with the flu, you don’t just ignore the symptoms in the hope that they will go away. At the first sign that your oral health is in decline, you should book an appointment with one of our dynamic and highly qualified dental practitioners.
Dental practitioners perform a variety of corrective and preventative treatments. Removing decay and plaque from teeth, filling cavities, extracting teeth, and identifying early symptoms of threatening diseases seen from the inside of your mouth, form part of their daily routine. At the same time, you might be asked about your cleaning habits and advised on how to best improve it for the sake of your teeth and gums.
It is essential to schedule check-ups because a dental practitioner is just a doctor for your mouth.
Flossing is an essential part of cleaning your teeth
Do you want to know a shocking statistic? Regular brushing, however vigorous and thorough, leaves behind 40% of plaque which hides between teeth and in those hard to reach places.
What does that mean? The leftover plaque builds up over time and eventually hardens into what is called tartar. Tartar can lead to serious issues, such as Gingivitis and if left untreated, severe periodontal diseases that cause significant bone loss.
What an unhealthy lifestyle does to your teeth
Your tooth’s enamel might be the hardest part of your body, but consuming too much sugar can lead to erosion and tooth decay. The bacteria in your mouth turns sugar into acid, which damages and dissolves the tooth.
To avoid having unsightly teeth and many holes, it is not enough to simply brush and floss, take heed of the following:
Soft drinks (including diet), sports drinks, fruit juice (natural sugar “fructose” is not good for you either) and cordials. If you drink the above, drink tap water afterwards to dilute the sugar.
Brush your teeth with fluoride toothpaste, and never straight after drinking. Let the enamel of your teeth recover from the sugar attack first.
If in doubt, stick to water. The liquid contains no calories, is non acidic and is 0% sugar.
Diseases linked to your oral health
People mistakenly think that oral health and overall health are two separate entities, which is not true. In fact, many major diseases are first detected by dentists through symptoms displayed in the mouth, including diabetes, HIV/AIDS and specific cancers.
People fear the experience of visiting the dentist in Soho, but those feelings of anxiety and nervousness are better than having to treat serious and sometimes painful infections and illnesses. Put your health first, and we will help you reap the rewards that dental health and hygiene bring you.