Anna Middleton, founder of @LondonHygienist, shares her top five reasons why making oral health a priority in 2020 could have far-reaching benefits. Your relationship with your dental hygienist could be your most important one this year
The start of a new year is often a time of reflection, as well as a time to take stock of our lives and set goals for the year ahead. With improved health and wellness often a high priority, many of us will be vowing to go on a diet, give up alcohol, quit smoking or start a new fitness regime. But, the truth is, most of us find it hard to stick to these goals.
However, there is one thing you can do that can make much more of a difference than you may think – looking after your oral health.
Here’s my five reasons why this should be a priority in 2020.
1. Good oral health is linked to improved overall health
A healthy mouth is key to having a healthy body and it’s one of the most simple and positive changes you can make. Poor oral hygiene and gum problems have been linked with conditions such as heart disease, strokes, dementia, diabetes and even sexual dysfunction and pregnancy complications. As such, looking after your oral health can have far-reaching benefits.
2. There’s nothing to be afraid of
Almost half of adults in the UK are afraid to visit the dentist, making it the most common fear, ahead of heights. However, many dental practices are trying to get away from the old idea that a visit to the dentist is something to be dreaded and more towards making it an enjoyable experience as part of an overall health and wellbeing regime, like going to a spa. New technologies are helping to make this possible. We use Guided Biofilm Therapy (GBT) for our professional cleaning which has transformed the patient experience because it is completely painless and reduces your time in the chair.
3. Prevention is better than cure
Most oral health problems are preventable and hygienists work hard alongside dentists to stop problems from occurring in the first place. However keeping regular appointments with your hygienist to maintain and improve your oral health is key. Hygienists also play a vital role in identifying early signs of mouth cancer. There are 8,300 new cases of mouth cancer diagnosed each year. When it is spotted early on, the chances of complete recovery are good. Unfortunately, because so many people avoid dental appointments and do not undergo regular examinations, they are often diagnosed at a much later stage.
4. It’s the foundation to cosmetic treatments
Implants, veneers, braces and whitening can all give you a dazzling smile, but if your oral health is poor it can affect the longevity of these treatments, or even prevent you from having them done in the first place. That’s why oral health should always be the first port of call.
5. It supports what you do at home
Your hygienist can give you advice and support to get your teeth and gums in top shape at home. Simple habit changes as well as using the right equipment and techniques can make all the difference.
Taking control of your dental health is a powerful way to make positive changes this year.
About the expert
Anna Middleton is a dedicated and passionate award-winning dental hygienist. She started London Hygienist with the mission to change the way oral health care is delivered to patients.
Anna studied at the Eastman Dental Hospital after working as a dental nurse, and graduated in 2015 from the Faculty of Royal College of Surgeons. Since qualifying, Anna has attracted an ever-growing and loyal customer base from the public, press and celebrities alike. This – along with her superior and unrivalled dental service in the heart of London – means Anna is regarded as one of the most popular and sought-after hygienists in London and a rising star within the industry.
For more information or to contact Anna, please visit www.londonhygienist.com