“Depending on what they are, our habits will either make us or break us. We become what we repeatedly do.” That’s a Sean Covey quote about habits, which impact every aspect of your life – including your oral health! In addition to seeing a dentist in Scarborough twice a year, the everyday choices you make also have a huge impact on the health of your smile. Keep reading for three of the most important things you can consistently do to have great oral health for as long as possible!
Make Smart Dietary Choices
Enjoying all your favorite foods adds a lot to your quality of life, so there’s no reason to give up anything entirely! Having said that, here are some tips for minimizing the negative effects of certain foods and beverages on your oral health:
- Watch snacking frequency – There’s a saying in dentistry, “Sip all day, get decay.” If you want to enjoy something sugary, like soda or a coffee with sugar, try to consume it within 20-30 minutes and then be done. Don’t sip on it all day because it will put you at a high risk of getting cavities.
- Chew sugar-free gum – If you can’t brush after a meal or snack, chewing a piece of sugar-free gum is a great way to increase salivary flow. Saliva will wash away plaque and food debris and also neutralize the acids that cause cavities. Gum that contains xylitol is even better because it has even more cavity-fighting power!
Brush and Floss Consistently
This one is no surprise, but you don’t have to be perfect with your brushing and flossing – just consistent. That means if you aim to floss every night, but only do it 4-5 times a week, your teeth and gums will still thank you!
You can also make your routine easier in any way that makes sense for you. For example, if you always seem to fall asleep before you can brush and floss, try doing it earlier in the evening (or right after dinner) when you have more energy.
See Your Dentist Regularly
It’s not uncommon to skip regular visits with a dentist out of fear or because it’s viewed as a hassle. The truth is that regular dental care will go a long way in keeping you out of the dental chair in the long run.
When a dentist in Scarborough keeps a close eye on your oral health, they can catch small problems early, alert you to early stages of gum disease or oral cancer, and take proactive steps to maintain your dental work.
Remember, the right habits will really add up to make your oral health better and more predictable over the long term. And that’s something everyone can smile about!
About the Author
Dr. Samantha Amaro is a dentist in Scarborough with a focus on prevention. She understands that the everyday choices her patients make have a huge impact on their long-term dental health. Her goal is to help each patient with the basics of prevention so they can avoid extensive dental work as much as possible. If you have any questions, she can be reached via her website or at (416) 285-4545.