Make 2020 the year you prioritise your oral health, but not just because you want a beautiful smile. Good oral health is vital for good general health and is even more important if you have type 2 diabetes, heart issues, a compromised immune system or are pregnant.
With a whole year to plan, 2020 can be the year you make some real changes to improve oral health, both at home and with your National Dental Care dentist’s help. Here are five things to try this year for healthier teeth and a lovelier smile.
1 – Improve your oral health
Start by refreshing your dental hygiene routine, especially if you know you’ve got into bad habits. Check you’re actually cleaning for two minutes, morning and night, and floss at least once a day.
If you’re still smoking, see your GP for help to quit. Add more fruit and vegetables to your diet and cut back on the sweet stuff. Walk, run or ride a bicycle, but make sure you get exercise every day. Team up with a friend and set some goals for better health.
2 – Maximise your extras benefits
Make sure you make the most of your dental extras this year by planning early. Every extras plan has an annual limit for different treatments, usually by the calendar year.
But you are paying for the benefits so make sure you use them if you have work you need or want to get done. Your dentist will be happy to explain the costs of different types of treatments so you can plan for it. National Dental Care also offers an interest-free payment plan to approved customers and Afterpay to help spread the costs.
Three types of treatments to improve your teeth
Take your smile to the next level or solve a serious dental issue this year. Here are three different types of dental treatment to make the most of your dental extras.
3 – Teeth straightening. Invisalign is the almost-invisible, no-braces way to straighten your teeth. Customized clear aligners provided in sets mean you only need to see your dentist every six to eight weeks. And straight teeth are also easier to keep clean and healthy.
4 – Teeth whitening. Stained teeth are ageing, and if you’ve ever smoked, or you just like your coffees or red wine, stains can be an issue. Professional teeth whitening can be done in one appointment with your National Dental Care dentist, or your practitioner can create at-home customised trays for you to use.
5 – Jaw tension and sleep problems. If you have jaw tension from teeth-grinding issues which can also damage teeth, or you don’t feel like you’re getting proper sleep, it might not just be your stress levels. Your dentist can assist with treatments for teeth-grinding. They can also assess and treat sleep apnea, which can cause poor quality sleep and lead to accidents at work or while driving.
Book an appointment online now with your National Dental Care practitioner and make the most of your dental extras in 2020.