Dental health checklist and tips for young adults

Whether you’re still in school or have been out for some time, it’s never too late to get on top of your dental health. As your local tooth fairies, we created a dental checklist and gathered our top tips to help you optimise your oral health in its early stages.

Are your teeth and gums healthy? Although it may appear a simple question, when you’re young, it can be challenging to understand what is going on there! As your family-friendly dental specialists in Perth, we understand how vital it is for teens and young adults to catch poor oral hygiene habits early and transform them into healthy ones! We developed a simple checklist to help you identify these dental detriments and banish them with our top TLC tips to keep your mouth, gums and pearly whites healthy and happy. 

 

How is your oral health?

Explore our questions below to help you identify when the time is right for you and your teeth to visit your dentist.

  • Was your last trip to the dentist longer than six months ago?
  • Do you grind your teeth or have a tight jaw? 
  • Are you sometimes too tired to brush your teeth?
  • Do you miss flossing a few nights a week or more?
  • Do you have discolouration or staining that makes you want to hide your smile?
  • Do your gums bleed when you brush or floss?
  • Are your teeth sensitive to hot or cold temperatures?
  • Do you struggle with bad breath?
  • Do you feel any pain or discomfort in your teeth?

If you mainly answered yes to these questions, then it might be time to book yourself for a comprehensive dental check-up with our TLC Dental team. 

 

Keep ‘em clean with dental hygiene 

Did you know that 24% of people suffer from dental decay? That is almost one in four people! As a family-friendly dental practice, we understand life gets busy. It’s common to forget to brush your teeth once in a while, but it’s essential to understand the long-term effects of neglecting those pearly whites. Poor dental hygiene can lead to future dental issues like gum disease like gingivitis, decay, infections and stinky breath! Pee-yew! Optimising your self-care routine to include dental hygiene is vital to a long-lasting, beautiful smile. 

 

Brush and floss daily

To help prevent the build-up of calculus or tartar, it is best to brush twice a day and floss once a day. We also recommend brushing those pearly whites with fluoridated toothpaste. Fluoride helps strengthen your teeth and prevent dental decay. It’s essential to give the fluoride time to work its magic on the enamel of your teeth, so it’s best not to rinse your mouth with water right after brushing. It would be like putting moisturiser on your face only to instantly wash it off before it had any time to soak into your skin!

 

Book regular dental check-ups

As your local tooth fairies, we recommend booking a scale and cleaning every six months to help reduce plaque build-up to a minimum. Doing so will help keep your oral health at a high standard which will help prevent major problems later. Think of the check-ups as the lesser evil when compared to a root canal or filling. Preventative check-ups and procedures are best applied in your early years to aid the healthy development of your teeth and gums. After all, you only have one set of teeth, so taking care of them is vital!

 

Choose healthy food and drink

Everything you eat and drink can significantly impact the health of your teeth and gums. Whether energy drinks, sweet treats, fast food or soft drinks, we all have our guilty pleasures — but when consumed daily without proper dental care, you may encounter some nasty problems like tooth decay and cavities down the track. Tooth decay is a nutrition disease that more often develops after ingesting food and drinks with high sugar content. Although sugar tastes like heaven on earth, the bitter-sweet reality is that it’s not the best for your oral health! Bacteria that live on our teeth’ surfaces absorb the sugar and work hand-in-hand to create dental decay. 

The key isn’t to completely banish these sugary foods and drinks from your diet; the sweet spot is everything in moderation. When you reduce your daily sugar consumption, you can help prevent nasty cavities and further dental damage that your teeth and gums will thank you for later!

 

Protecting your teeth and your wallet

At TLC Dental, we understand everyone has different lives and circumstances. We aim to provide safe, comfortable practice for all our patients. That’s why we offer all our fantastic dental services on payment plans to give you the flexibility you need to get the health care you deserve. We are more than happy to help you approach dental care plans in a way that won’t hinder your day-to-day expenses. 

 

Give your teeth some TLC

At TLC Dental, we do our best to look after you and your oral health. We understand it can be challenging to feel and look your best when you have dental issues disrupting your daily life. Our highly-qualified TLC Dental team of nurses, hygienists and dentists will always aim to provide exceptional service to make you smile wider and brighter than before from our three dental practices in Winthrop, Chisham and Mandurah. We prioritise your comfort with hassle-free bookings, appointments and reliable, on-time dental treatments. Begin your journey to a happy, healthy smile by booking an appointment at TLC Dental today!

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