13 Mar Dental Health Tips for Busy Mums
Posted by: Jodie Blades Dental Nurse NVQ Level 3
Medically reviewed by: Dr Peta Leigh BDS (Melb), BSc (Monash) GDC: 78758
It's very easy to leave yourself until last, here are some tips to help busy mums
The dental health of a busy mum = “What’s that?…”
The reality of being a busy stay-at-home or working mum is that there just isn’t enough time in the day to get everything done. It’s likely that you’ve left yourself for last and at the end of your food covered, messy-haired and exhausting day, you throw your toothbrush vaguely near your teeth and hope for the best. (If you’ve got this one nailed – please let us know how you’ve cracked it – we’re still searching!)
We’re the lucky ones that can grab a tepe out of the drawer between patients and ask a colleague to have a quick look at out niggling tooth because we took our exam out to make space for a patient – but this leads us to think how we can help you to get and stay on top of your dental health.
Here are a few tips that you might like to try!
1. Stay fresh with water
Drinking plenty of water could be your saving grace. Not only does it keep you hydrated and focused during your busy day, but it also neutralises the acid in your mouth. Too much acid can lead to enamel erosion, cavities, decay and even gum disease. An easy fix is to keep a bottle in your change bag or next to the sink. Try and remember the magic rule of drinking eight glasses of water per day. It won’t be just your teeth thanking you, but the rest of your body too! Have a drink before pack their lunch boxes, before collecting them from school or when you change a nappy—soon it will be a habit you won’t be able to drop.
2. Keep dental goodies in your change bag
Early mornings and light nights tamper with your daily routines, but keeping a small bag with dental essentials in your change bag is a good way to keep up oral hygiene when life gets the better of us. Having a toothbrush and toothpaste at hand makes it easy to slip to the bathroom when there is a moment to spare, where ever you are.
3. Choose the right snacks
We all love to snack from time to time, but choosing the right snacks could significantly help with oral hygiene. That’s just how simple it is. Foods such as apples, carrots, almonds and celery can make a huge difference in the state of your teeth. Not only are these foods high in vitamins, minerals and beneficial to your health, but they help naturally cleanse your teeth. Quick crunchy snacks help to scrape away any food or plaque build-up. Since they take longer to chew, they stimulate more saliva production; a key in cleansing bacteria from around your gum line.
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4. Stay on top of your check-ups
For the benefit of your teeth is vital that you keep up to date with your dental appointments every six months. Check-ups don’t last long, so being too busy is no excuse to let these appointments slip!
Book them during school time, at the weekend or try and get them booked in for the whole family during the school holidays. These appointments will help keep your teeth in check, clean away large amounts of plaque build-up, and deal with any bigger issues that need attention. Add confidence to your stride, knowing that your teeth are healthy!
5. Visit Willow Tree Dental Centre
Together with dental professionals from Willow Tree, we can help you maintain the health of your teeth and gums. Follow us on Instagram for our last minute appointment slots and save 10%!