Norfolk Dental Specialists
Posted on 3rd January 2018
Dental Hygiene Dental Implants

Make Maintaining Good Oral Health Your Resolution for 2018

Our hygienists consulting a patient.
In general, the festive period is a time when we all indulge in habits that can be bad for your teeth. The Christmas menu abounds with sugary foods and acidic drinks. In contrast, January is typically a more ascetic time. Resolutions firmly made on New Year’s Eve will likely be kept for most of this month at least. Here are five resolutions’ you might want to add to your list if improving your oral health is high on your agenda.
1. Brush twice a day for two minutes. The advice from our hygienists is to brush your teeth twice a day. Last thing before bed and one other time during the day. 
2. Replace your toothbrush every two to three months. If you’re doing it properly, then your toothbrush bristles will wear out.  Replace your toothbrush – or the head of your electric toothbrush – every couple of months.
3. Drink more tap water. In Norwich, there are about 0.315 milligrams of naturally-occurring fluoride in every litre of tap water. In some areas of the country, the amount of fluoride is topped up to 1mg/litre – as this level of fluoride in the water has been correlated with less tooth decay. However, even at the lower levels of fluoride, taking a sip of water will be beneficial to the health of your teeth and gums – especially after a sugary drink or snack.
4. Quit smoking. The benefits to your overall wellbeing of sticking to this hardest of resolutions are huge. The benefits to your oral health alone are significant. Smokers are three to four times more likely to suffer from periodontal disease.
5. Visit your dentist. Make it your resolution to have a check-up as frequently as your dentist advises. 
The Life-Enhancing Effects of Implant Surgery
If you have been living with missing teeth, you could make 2018 the year that you do something to permanently fix the problem. A dental implant is an artificial root made of titanium that is placed in your jaw during a minor surgical procedure. When healed, this metal ‘root’ can be used to anchor replacement teeth. No more gappy smiles, accidental whistling or uncomfortable dentures! Your dentist will be able to tell you whether implants are a suitable option for you.
If you would like to know more about dental implants, download our brochure from the banner at the bottom of your screen. Alternatively, we can arrange for you to visit the practice where a member of our team will be able to explain everything to you in person. Call our reception on 01603 632525.

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