We all understand that good oral hygiene consists of brushing your teeth at least twice per day, and flossing at least once per day. Did you know however, that there are a number of things you can do on your own to ensure that you maintain optimum oral health? Here are a few helpful tips from your Scarborough dentist that will help you improve and maintain your oral hygiene.
Brush Your Tongue
When you brush your teeth twice per day, don’t forget to brush your tongue. Did you know that bacteria actually hides in the grooves of your tongue? This bacteria can contribute to bad breath and tooth decay if it’s not cleaned out regularly. Be sure to spend a few seconds brushing your tongue every day.
Avoid or Quit Using Tobacco Products
Smoking or chewing tobacco is detrimental to your oral health. Not only does it leave unappealing brown and yellow stains and discoloration, it also increases your risk for oral issues such as oral cancer, gum disease and tooth decay. It also causes extreme halitosis (bad breath) that can be hard to eliminate. Your dental provider is a great resource for ideas on how to quit using tobacco products if this is something you struggle with.
Use an Antibacterial Mouth Rinse
Combining an antibacterial mouth rinse with your daily brushing and flossing routine can help reduce the acids and bacteria that cause tooth decay. Mouth rinse can also help you maintain fresh breath. Beware however, because all mouth rinses are not created equally. Your dental provider can advise you on which rinses are right for your needs.
Eat a Balanced Diet
Most of us understand that consuming sugar is harmful for our teeth; did you know however, that eating fruits and vegetables is actually good for your oral health? This is because fruits and vegetables actually neutralize the acids in your mouth that cause tooth decay. They also help to increase saliva flow, which helps to wash away excess food debris and bacteria. Eating fruits and vegetables is not only great for your body, but also for your teeth!
Regular Dental Visits
For most patients it’s recommended that you visit your dentist every six months, or twice per year. At these appointments your hygienist will remove excessive plaque that builds up on your teeth over time. Your dentist will also screen you for issues such as oral cancer, gum disease, and tooth decay. The earlier you detect these conditions, the more proactive you can be about treating them, which will ensure that you can effectively treat them with less costly and invasive treatment.
At White Willow Family and Cosmetic Dentistry, we are here to be your partners in helping you achieve and maintain optimum oral health for a lifetime. We believe that prevention is the best medicine when it comes to your care and that’s why we encourage you to attend your regular dental appointments. Contact us today to schedule your next visit.