Dentistry is something that many British people rate highly in terms of importance. This is for good reason, too, as teeth can impact on your life on many scales; everything from first impressions with friends and family to oral clinical health. The NHS and PHE emphasise good dental hygiene for this reason.
You probably know a lot of the facts by now, such as how productive early dental prevention is. So, over the course this article, you’ll find out some important bites of information that will help you to maintain your family’s dental health and possibly save a few bob in the process.
Emergency Dental Care Has NHS Cover
Emergency dental care can come no matter how well you take control of your dental hygiene. The best way to prevent dental emergencies, as they often stem from poor long-term hygiene is to make sure your family has full family dental care services, However, it’s impossible to plan for every situation, and you can end up out of pocket – urgent dental care can be expensive. Bearing that in mind, be aware that if you have a dental situation that is resulting in an emergency, long-lasting or life-threatening illness, the NHS will cover the costs of emergency dental care – either in the hospital or at a local practice.
This could end up saving you a fair few quid in the long-run.
Not All Superfoods Are ‘Super’
Many of the superfoods that we’ve seen bandied around in recent years would seem to benefit your dental health. Healthy foods that provide vitamins have been proven to help your teeth out in the long run, as well as your whole physiology; plus, avoiding junk and trash foods and instead of picking out fruit, vegetables, and sugar-free alternatives will benefit your oral health. However, some superfoods can have the opposite effect. Apple cider vinegar, a wonderful cooking ingredient, has been shown to erode enamel. As a fairly strong acid – more than coffee, less than lemon juice – this is to be expected, but sometimes the hype will outdo the facts. Don’t insist your kids rinse with food and drink like this.
Use Silk, Not Floss
Tooth floss can become expensive with the recommended repetitive usage. It is also disastrous for the environment – as an offshoot of plastic, it will take a long time to biodegrade and end up in the oceans in the process. Consequently, you should be avoiding it. Consider buying a cheap silk garment, washing it in neutral water, and then using frayed threads to floss instead. It’ll do the same job, be better for the environment, and much cheaper in the long run – plus it can be fun for kids, as opposed to the sterile boxes floss is held in.
Keeping your family’s oral health in good care and keeping money in your pocket is easier than you think. Follow these tips, along with others you pick up, and you’ll be smiling.