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Published on May 8, 2012

Could busy lifestyles be impacting on our oral health?

Many of us would like to think we keep on top of our oral hygiene, regular check-ups and brushing our teeth twice daily, but when our busy lives get the better of us, these essential routines can become neglected.

For the full-time parent, housekeeper and bread winner, time is of the essence and this is where the real problems begin. The lack of time in hectic schedules can lead to skipping of dental appointments or only completing half of the full dental routine, consequently resulting in poor oral hygiene amongst adults.

As Clare Robinson, a dental nurse at Queensway Dental Clinic, reiterates: “We’re finding that a proportion of adults simply aren’t brushing their teeth correctly, or enough. These observations support the view that whilst some adults are being given the necessary advice, it isn’t being followed through in practice. Teeth should be brushed twice a day with fluoride toothpaste, flossed daily and supported by a healthy diet and moderate sugar intake. Good habits such as these can prevent gum disease and possible tooth loss in the future.

“Most children are now educated at school about healthy mouths and how to maintain their dental hygiene. But, some older patients lead busy lives and may forget or not have the time to go through the entire procedure to maintain a healthy mouth, or they may be unsure as to the signs of unhealthy teeth or are reluctant to visit the dentist when they have a problem, and this can lead to sometimes serious oral health issues.”

Essentially, adult patients must begin to understand the importance of a regular oral health routine, particularly as they get older, in order to prevent future issues from occurring. But what’s the answer – if adults are already aware of the correct routines, how can they be encouraged to focus on their oral health when they lead such busy lives?

We’d love to hear your thoughts on this – how can adults be motivated to pay attention to the health of their mouth when time is of the essence? Comment below or tweet us @stockdalemartin.

 

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2 comments on “Could busy lifestyles be impacting on our oral health?”

  1. Definitely, busy lifestyle means less time to take care of our oral health. One should give time brushing his teeth and visit dentist regularly.

  2. temecula dental on May 8th, 2012 at 8:18 PM
  3. Glad you agree – Do you think there's any way to encourage people to take a little more time out of their day to complete a full dental routine?

  4. StockdaleMartin on May 9th, 2012 at 2:25 PM

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