The Importance of Looking After Your Teeth

Do you look after your teeth properly? Or do you like many have something of a laissez-faire approach to keeping your gnashes in good knick? A recent report from the UK dental association found that only 50% of the people surveyed said that they do enough to look after their teeth, a worrying figure indeed. The importance of looking after your teeth cannot be understated and the result soft not doing so can lead to all manner of problems. When we talk about looking after teeth we mean cleaning twice per day, avoiding the eating and drinking of products  which can harm our teeth and of course protecting them when playing sports. If you don’t think that it is overly important, here is why you are wrong.

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Stains

Before we get into the health reasons for why you should be looking after your teeth, it is important first that we consider aesthetics. Stained teeth look awful and if you have stained teeth as a result of drinks like coffee, tea and wine, or even smoking, then you are probably the person who closes their mouth when talking and who keeps their mouth closed when pictures are being taken. Instead of hiding that secret smile,  look after your teeth so that they look great, and you can beam with pride for the next photo.

Breath

There are few things worse than talking with someone who has bad breath and that person could easily be you if you don’t properly look after your teeth. When you don’t regularly clean your teeth bacteria can easily build and begin to rot away at your teeth. As you can imagine the smell of this is awful and that means that when you start talking to someone, they are likely to turn away. Chewing gum will not be enough if this is the case so it is far better that you clean your teeth regularly to completely remove the problem.

Health Risks

When you don’t look after your teeth these are just some of the potential health risks which you could be looking at;

  • Periodontal disease
  • Loss of teeth
  • Chipped and broken teeth
  • Cavities
  • Exposed nerves
  • Infections
  • Abscesses
  • Badly shaped teeth

As you can well imagine, the majority of these issues are excruciatingly painful and they will leave you in agony and unable to eat. The pain of a raw nerve being exposed is not even worth describing such is the severity and in almost all of these cases it will leave you needing an emergency appointment and the likelihood is that you’ll have some treatment which will be traumatic to go through. Instead of running the risk of these diseases and problems taking place, the best thing that you can do is to simply look after your teeth well. Clean your teeth will regularity, see your dentist every 6 months for a check up, avoid certain foods and drinks that can do damage and protect them when they are in danger from being hit, follow this routine and you can avoid almost all dental issues.