It’s okay to admit that you’ve probably gone a bit too long between dentist appointments. but whats hiding in your mouth when you put off your bi-annual dentist examination.
We all know that we’re meant to visit our dentist every six months (if you didn’t, you do now!) but with busy schedules and a million-and-one other things to think about, that appointment can keep getting pushed further and further back. But this seemingly innocent slip of the mind could mean serious tooth or gum trouble down the track, especially if you’re not taking the right measures to keep your mouth healthy and happy.
“Only partly focusing on your dental hygiene routine, including regular dental visits may have an impact on your overall oral health and may also have an effect on your general health and wellbeing,” says Dr Fred Calavassy, clinical director for the Maven Dental Group.
For example, your oral health routine could involve diligently brushing your teeth but if you’re not flossing, then you may be missing food particles and bacteria that sit between the teeth or around the gum line. This out-of-sight residue can quickly develop and propagate further, and the longer it sits without a good clean from your dentist or dental hygienist, the more likely it is that your tooth structure and gum health will start to deteriorate. Even your heart health may be affected by such build-up of plaque in your mouth! “If you haven’t been to a dentist in a while, it’s important to consider taking the first step to prevent progression of your problems,” says Dr Calavassy. “There is no need to be embarrassed if you have a concern, as we are there to help and there is rarely a dental condition we haven’t already treated. Maven Dental Group has a network of dentists and hygienists with years of experience.”
BUSY LIFE CHECKLIST
Having these tooth-tools on hand will help to ensure your teeth are well looked after between appointments:
Gym bag: Keep your toothbrush, toothpaste and floss in a plastic bag to protect them from exposure to bacteria (and protect your clothes from toothpaste!). Don’t forget your custom mouthguard for contact sports either.
Handbag: Keep your toothbrush, dental floss and some sugar-free gum at hand in your handbag -messy toothpaste can be swapped out for water if you floss before you brush.
Parents: Keep your children’s oral health top of mind by keeping a newly dedicated toothbrush and some toothpaste in the car (or your handbag) for family outings or after-school activities. One toothbrush per child.
Glovebox: Keep a travel set in your car – you don’t need full-sized items but a new toothbrush, toothpaste, floss and sugar-free gum can be kept within arm’s reach for yourself, family or a friend.