Good oral health impacts your overall health and wellbeing. And visiting your dentist is the key to keeping your teeth and gums in tip-top condition.
Even if you think your teeth and gums are healthy, only a dentist can make sure they are. The dentist can check out every nook and cranny that not even daily flossing can get to. By having an annual check-up and clean, you will reduce the chance of having cavities that need to be filled, or decay so bad it requires tooth extraction.
That’s why at Defence Health we say that prevention is always better than cure. With any level of extras cover you’ll receive meaningful benefits from us towards your dental care. And at a network dentist, you’ll receive special member pricing and a no-gap annual check-up and clean (on eligible cover and within general dental limits).
The Defence Health Dental Network comprises National Dental Care, Maven Dental, Pacific Smiles Dental and 1300SMILES.
Poor dental health means more than just bad breath and toothache. Tooth loss and gum disease can make it difficult to eat, speak and socialise. And neglected oral care is likely to lead to costly major dental work before too long.
There are also other health risks associated with poor dental health. These include diabetes, heart disease, osteoporosis, anxiety and some respiratory diseases.
Here are five tips to help keep your teeth strong and healthy.
- Brush your teeth at least twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste – not vigorously, but thoroughly.
- Floss your teeth every day – or at least every second day. It really does help to prevent the build-up of plaque in-between check-ups.
- Visit your dentist for a scale and clean and assessment of any signs of early decay – your dentist will advise on how frequently you should visit.
- Eat a healthy diet that’s high in fresh produce and whole grains – and low in the number-one enemy of healthy teeth: sugar!
- Quit smoking – all those ugly pictures on cigarette packets are for real. Smokers are around three times more likely to have gum disease. Speak to your GP or phone QUITLINE on 137 848 if you need help to stop smoking.