Easy Tips to Stay Healthy These Holidays

During the school holidays, it’s easy to fall into bad eating habits so follow our simple tips to help keep the entire family healthy this year.

  1. Get your children involved with cooking as this will let them be part of your healthy eating regime, teaches them about proper nutrition and its fun to do as a family.
  2. Choose healthy meals that kids will like, for example, turkey meatballs or rice paper rolls filled with lots of fresh veggies.
  3. Don’t fall into the junk food trap when you have trips to the cinema or shopping centre. Instead, pack healthy snacks or make sure they have a healthy and filling meal beforehand. If you do end up in the food court, pick healthier food options such as a chicken salad rather than fried chicken.
  4. Pre-plan lots of fun holiday activities that get the family outdoors, such as going for bike rides or walks on the beach which will help to keep everyone fit and active.
  5. Don’t forget to organise outdoor activities like picnicking with family or friends. It’s a great way to socialise and to enjoy the fantastic weather, and it’s yet another opportunity to make healthy snacks and to get everyone involved in making them.

This Year Why Not Resolve to Have a Healthier Smile?

At this time of year, many people will resolve to eat healthier or to exercise regularly, but most will overlook their oral health. In fact, a healthy mouth is crucial because poor oral health can negatively affect your general health. We’ve listed a few tips to help you enjoy your healthiest and most beautiful smile yet for 2019.

  1. Schedule regular check-ups and hygiene appointments. Professional preventative dentistry is the easiest way to help maintain a beautiful smile. The New Year is a great time to make sure you and your family are up-to-date with your dental check-ups.
  2. Improve your oral health routine. If you don’t do so already, make sure you brush twice daily and floss once-a-day. If you regularly avoid flossing, ask us for some helpful tips and practical advice because it’s easy when you know how!
  3. Quit smoking. Using tobacco products wreaks havoc on your smile and on your overall health. If you smoke, why not make this the year that you finally quit?
  4. Straighten your teeth. If you have always wanted a straighter smile, it’s never too late! Casey Dental offers a range of braces suitable for all ages. As a bonus, straighter teeth could be easier to keep clean and free from disease.

Simple Ways to Take Care of Your Teeth

Good dental care should be a lifelong habit and practising excellent oral hygiene every day will help to keep your teeth in great shape, preventing future problems. Looking after your teeth isn’t tricky, and we’ve listed a few simple things that can help.

  1. Make sure you drink plenty of water and especially after each meal because this will help to rinse away food debris and bacteria that could harm your teeth.
  2. Get into the habit of brushing your tongue gently each time you brush your teeth. Your tongue can harbour large amounts of bacteria, potentially causing oral health problems and bad breath.
  3. Always brush your teeth before bedtime and preferably first thing in the morning as well. Brushing before bed is particularly important because it removes excess food and bacteria before you go to sleep. While you sleep, your mouth is drier which allows harmful bacteria to thrive.
  4. Daily flossing is essential and if you struggle with traditional dental floss ask us for help and advice about other tools to try.
  5. Don’t forget to come and see us at least twice a year for your regular check-ups and hygiene appointments. If you do have any signs of dental problems, we can detect and treat them more efficiently and more quickly, and most likely treatment will be cheaper too!

Easy Tips for Caring for Baby Teeth

It’s essential to take care of baby teeth even though they are only around for a few years. Follow these easy tips on how to care for your baby’s first teeth.

Begin Oral Hygiene before Your Baby’s Teeth Erupt

Make sure you begin to wipe your baby’s gums after each feeding using damp gauze or a washcloth wrapped around your finger. You can also buy rubbery gum cleaning devices that fit over your index finger to remove excess food.

Schedule Their First Dental Visit by Age 1 at the Latest

Ideally, your child should see a dentist by age 1 or soon after they get their first tooth. Early professional dental care can help to avoid many common dental problems in the future.

Start Taking Care of Baby Teeth Right Away

As soon as the first tooth appears, begin gently brushing it using a soft baby toothbrush. We can show you how to clean baby teeth thoroughly.

Keep an Eye out for Early Cavities

Baby teeth that look discoloured or pitted could have cavities. Putting a baby to bed with a bottle of juice or milk is notorious for causing tooth decay. Make sure your baby isn’t left with a bottle overnight or at nap time, or fill it with plain water.

Holiday Treats for Healthy Teeth

Christmas is time to celebrate and to enjoy seasonal foods. Making healthy food choices will help to preserve your pearly whites.

Keep Hydrated with Water

Keep hydrated with plain water which helps wash away food debris and maintains a healthy amount of saliva. Saliva is your body’s protection against tooth decay because it helps to counteract erosive acids and it contains essential enzymes, proteins and minerals that protect your teeth.

Stock up on Crunchy Fruits and Veggies

Fruits and veggies will help keep your teeth in shape. Carrots, celery, apples, raw broccoli, and cucumber all have high-water contents. Those that are especially fibrous like carrots and celery are great for teeth because they stimulate saliva and the fibres have a slight scrubbing action on teeth.

Choose Cheese and Other Dairy Products

Bypass the sugary sweet treats and head for the cheese board for a boost of calcium. Cheese, yoghurts and plain milk are all great for your teeth but avoid flavoured yoghurts that can be high in sugars.

Tuck into Turkey                   

Turkey, chicken and other lean meats contain phosphorus, protecting tooth enamel, and especially when combined with calcium. If you prefer fish, salmon is an excellent source of vitamins D, enabling your body to absorb tooth-protecting calcium.

Nutrient Deficiencies and Oral Health

Your dental health is essential for overall health, but if you want strong teeth and gums, you must choose nutritious foods. Did you realise that the symptoms of systemic problems including diabetes, cardiovascular disease, gastro-oesophageal reflux disease are often visible in your mouth and may be diagnosed by your dentist before your doctor?

When you eat a healthy balanced diet, it helps to protect your dental and general health and especially reduces your risk of periodontal disease. Periodontal disease is a common gum infection that causes inflammation which can affect your entire body, worsening any existing health problems or increasing your risk of developing others.

You don’t need to choose a special diet or even eat expensive foods. Instead, make sure your diet contains plenty of lean protein and lots of fresh fruit and vegetables. Avoid foods that are heavily processed and especially those that are high in sugars, and get into the habit of reading food labels. Some people may benefit from taking supplements such as fish oil which can be useful if you don’t like the taste of fish. Probiotics can also be helpful in helping to maintain a healthy oral microbiome. Green tea contains plenty of polyphenols which are known to reduce bacteria, and tea is also rich in fluoride.