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I've been advised to rest from outdoor sports.

Tags: dental , teeth

I've recently been advised to rest from Outdoor sports involving Cycling and Circuit training due to sprained Achilles Tendons in both legs. I haven't been given a specific rest time, but would a month be sufficient before resuming training. Also, would taking up Pilates or yoga be sufficient to speed up my recovery? Also, how often should I visit a Dental Hygienist in addition to visiting a Dentist twice a year? Thank you for your assistance in the meantime.

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The answer

Firstly I would recommended you maybe go back and get the all clear before you head back out, as the last thing you want to do is end up with a worsened injury. But in the meantime you can still work on your fitness.  

Do some floor work that helps develop and condition your core as this gives you a stronger foundation, and also spend some time online perhaps finding new routes so when you are back and ready you have some new challenges.

Both Pilates and yoga are incredible for strengthening and training your core. When you do head back out, start with lower impact and especially for sprained Achilles tendons make sure you train on an even surface.

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With regards to your dental question:: there is no set standard time to visit a dentist or hygienist. How frequently you visit a dentist is determined by factors such as how clean the teeth are, how many restorations are present in the mouth and your age.

Your dentist will assess your teeth and gums and then recommend when your next check-up should be. There is guidance about this from the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) for recall attendance (i.e. how often to see a dentist). All dentists know about this guidance and most will use it.

The ultimate decision about how often to see a dentist will come from your dentist as he or she has examined you and they will be able to give reasons. How often to see a hygienist is based on the above and your dentist and/or hygienist will recommend the frequency of visits based on your need. A hygienist will clean your teeth and also show you how to clean or at least modify your technique to make it more efficient. It is worth seeing a hygienist even if is only once to improve technique even if you do not have any visible build-up of tartar or bacteria.

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