Preventive hygiene care, including brushing and flossing, and regular visits to your dental office, can help you maintain your oral health. Here, our Etobicoke dentists share their best oral hygiene tips.
By following these oral health tips, you can maintain healthy teeth and gums for life.
1. Brush twice a day, for at least minutes.
Brush your teeth at least twice a day, preferably in the morning and before bed, for two to four minutes each time for good oral hygiene. Begin sweeping with your brush at a 45-degree angle. Brush your upper teeth with a downward motion and your lower teeth with an upward motion. Brush only back and forth on chewing surfaces.
2. Floss every night.
Flossing your teeth before brushing them not only removes debris but also reduces the risk of tooth decay. It also keeps your gums healthy. Use a piece of floss that is at least 18 inches long so that you can use a fresh section of floss every few teeth. Keep in mind that the floss should be rubbed against the teeth in a forward or backward 'C' shape, wrapping the floss around each tooth.
3. Rinse with mouthwash daily.
Including mouthwash in your oral hygiene routine can aid in the killing of germs that can accumulate in your mouth. Because mouthwash can reach places that toothbrushes and floss cannot, it can aid in the removal of debris that can irritate the gum line and lead to gum disease.
4. Brush or scrape your tongue daily.
Bacteria can remain on the tongue even after brushing your teeth. Brushing or scraping your tongue as part of your daily routine can help remove this bacteria while also freshening your breath. Make sure to brush your teeth with one toothbrush and scrape your tongue with another.
5. Visit the dentist regularly.
Visit the dentist, at least twice a year, for a dental examination and cleaning. Dentists and hygienists have tools and techniques to clean your teeth far more thoroughly than you can at home. Regular exams also mean your dentist can find any issues that are developing sooner and offer treatment options to prevent them from getting worse.
6. Don’t delay dental treatments.
Many people are afraid of getting dental treatments, and others avoid them because they believe they will be too expensive. The truth is that preventive check-ups and treatments are inexpensive when compared to the extensive care required for a dental crown or implant. Avoiding necessary treatments may have a negative impact on your dental hygiene and end up costing you more in the long run.
7. Make healthy food choices and minimize sugar.
The food you eat affects your entire body, including your teeth. So, eat plenty of fruits and vegetables and limit your intake of sugar, which causes cavities. Calcium and Vitamin D are essential for maintaining gum and tooth health. Although supplements are available, it is preferable to consume milk, fortified orange juice, yogurt, broccoli, cheese, and other dairy products. Vitamin B complex is also necessary for keeping gums and teeth from cracking and bleeding.
8. Limit pop, coffee, and alcohol.
Drinks with additives like corn syrup and food dye can make white teeth appear dull and discoloured. It is best to drink milk, which strengthens teeth and builds stronger enamel, and water, which hydrates your body.
9. Wear a mouth guard to protect your teeth.
If you play sports or other contact activities, it is recommended to wear a mouth guard to protect your teeth and gums from impact or injury. Most dental offices offer custom-made mouth guards for patients to comfortably fit their smiles and keep their teeth safe from damage.
10. Avoid habits that are harmful to your teeth.
Avoid tobacco and other tooth-damaging substances, and try to break bad habits like biting your nails or opening bottle caps with your teeth. Consult a dentist if you have a habit of sucking your thumb, lip-biting, tongue-thrusting, or clenching your teeth.