Has your dental health routine has taken a back seat to your hectic schedule?
You might be pleased to hear that the focus of Dental Health Week (7 – 13 August) this year is Oral Health for Busy Lives. This week is intended to give you an opportunity to think about balancing your commitment to your schedule with your commitment to your dental health.
When you think of poor oral hygiene it’s unlikely you’ll immediately think of busy people, though these are the people at risk of neglecting their mouths thanks to their schedules.
But our busy lives leave us short on time, and sometimes get too busy to take care of our dental health. At EK Dental Surgery in Glen Waverley, we are here to help you balance your busy schedule and your need for oral health!
But Surely Dental Care Can Be Put Off?
The bacteria that reside in your mouth eat the same food you eat. These bacteria excrete highly acidic waste that breaks down tooth enamel, causing decay and cavities.
Plaque accumulates. The gums see plaque buildup as an infection, and your immune system attacks that infection. While attacking the plaque, your body begins destroys healthy tissues that hold your teeth in place, making the gums pull away from the tooth.
This can lead to lost teeth or other health problems including general inflammation, bone disease, complications in pregnancy, and many others.
Any time you “save” by skipping oral hygiene is actually time (and more time) that you will be spending later in the dental chair or doctor’s office.
Oral Hygiene On The Go
One strategy is to fit in your oral hygiene wherever you can. Keep a toothbrush, toothpaste, dental floss, and mouthwash in your desk drawer. Brush and floss your teeth after drinking a cup of coffee or enjoying a sugary beverage. Brushing and flossing your teeth at work is a great way to maintain a healthy mouth while also taking a mini break from your desk.
Or keep a dental kit in your purse or laptop bag. Place your dental tools in a zip lock bag to protect them from the elements. If your job requires you to attend off-site meetings, access to a dental care kit makes it easy to brush and floss on-the-go.
By carrying your dental tools with you, you can find the time to optimize your oral health!
Home Is Where The Time Is!
Daily preventive care, including proper brushing and flossing, will help stop problems before they develop and is much less time-consuming, expensive, and worrisome than treating conditions that have been allowed to progress. The four minutes a day you spend on oral hygiene will save you hours, maybe days, down the road.
Our recommendations are simple and predictable:
- Brush twice a day and floss daily
- Eat a nutritious diet and limit snack times
- Using dental products that contain fluoride, including toothpaste
- Rinsing with a fluoride mouthrinse if your dentist tells you to
- Consider using a “tongue scraper” to keep your entire mouth clean
The Role Of Nutrition
The foods you choose and how often you eat them can affect your general health and the health of your teeth and gums, too. But you choose foods as a part of your daily routine, which means that improving your nutrition should not take too much time out of your schedule. Don’t change your food schedule, instead change the foods you eat.
Foods that contain sugars of any kind can contribute to tooth decay. To control the amount of sugar you eat, read the nutrition facts and ingredient labels on foods and beverages and choose options that are lowest in sugar. If your diet lacks certain nutrients, it may be more difficult for tissues in your mouth to resist infection. This may contribute to gum disease. Severe gum disease is a major cause of tooth loss in adults. Many researchers believe that the disease progresses faster and is potentially more severe in people with poor nutrition.
Save Time at EK Dental Surgery
At EK Dental Surgery, your time is our concern. We work hard to ensure your visit is the most pleasant dental experience you have ever had while providing complete care. We respect your time as much as ours. We promise to provide for you effectively and efficiently in the most comfortable environment possible.
We offer convenient street and parking lot parking and convenient appointments can be booked online.
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At EK Dental Surgery, we provide you with personalised service. All our dentists are highly motivated and accredited practitioners. As well as the dentists, the supporting staff at EK Dental Surgery are highly dedicated and experienced to ensure each visit with us is comfortable as possible.
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