New Year, new smile – how good oral hygiene improves overall well-being

Most of us start the New Year with the best intentions. We make plans to live happier, healthier lives. But a few weeks in, where are we? For most, ‘tis the season to make and break promises to ourselves.

But what if success was more easily attainable? What if your New Year’s resolution wasn’t something you had to commit a lot of time or energy to, something you didn’t have to do every day – maybe just once or twice a year?

Here are a few things you could consider to boost your health and happiness in 2017.

Schedule your six monthly check-up

You might not think it, but oral hygiene plays an integral role in your overall health.

Gum disease has been linked to other serious health problems, including high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, stroke and diabetes.

And, as you’ve probably heard, prevention is better than cure.

Regular dentist visits are key, allowing for early detection and therefore treatment of any issues. If you have private health insurance, some providers offer a free check-up and clean twice a year, so you should definitely take advantage of that.

If you don’t, it’s still a small investment in your health that could save you a lot of pain and money further down the track, because when abnormalities or decay are caught early, treatment can be minimal and less invasive.

Between visits, to help prevent abnormalities or decay from occurring, you should adopt a simple yet regular oral hygiene routine; brushing twice a day with a soft bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste, and flossing once a day.

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Whiter, brighter teeth

When you’re happy, you smile.

And with smart phones and social media, we’re not only capturing but sharing special, smile-worthy moments with friends, their friends, friends of their friends …

Feeling self-conscious about your smile can detract from these special moments and undermine your confidence. But what if you had amazing pearly whites to flash at the camera?

Whether you have a special event coming up or you just want to feel effortlessly fabulous every day, teeth whitening is a safe way to enhance your smile, increase you confidence and boost well-being.

And you can have your new, improved smile in just 90 minutes.

Having the treatment in-surgery is the fastest way to achieve results, but a home teeth whitening treatment can also achieve the same results in 10-12 days.

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Straighten up

Orthodontics are not just concerned with straightening teeth to create a beautiful smile, but also with the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of problems with tooth and jaw alignment.

Through the use of corrective appliances such as braces, plates, splints and clear aligners, orthodontics aims to ensure your bite, mouth and jaws are aligned correctly and working in perfect harmony so as to maintain long-term oral health.

And orthodontics are not just for children. Dentists are seeing a remarkable increase in adult patients looking to correct problems that were left untreated as a child.

Benefits of adult orthodontics include improved oral hygiene, reduction of tooth wear due to a balanced occlusion, resolution of muscle and joint tension or pain associated with incorrect occlusion, and obviously improved appearance – because you should love your smile!

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About Shire Dental

The name probably gives it all away, but just in case you’re not familiar – we’re a team of highly qualified and experienced dentists creating happy and healthy smiles for members of the Sutherland Shire community from our surgery in Miranda, close to Cronulla.

If you would like to make an appointment, click here or call our friendly team on 02 9531 4888.


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