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Between being a good parent, reliable sibling, and productive employee, there’s hardly any time left for you to take care of yourself. For most people, maintaining good oral health and a great-looking smile makes them feel confident, clean, and ready to tackle an important business meeting or special date. Unfortunately, with so much on your plate, it can be hard to take time out of your day to look after your pearly whites properly. Here are five tips from your dentist in Scarborough to help you care for your mouth without halting your grind.

Choosing the Right Toothbrush

When you replace your toothbrush every three months, do you just pick a random soft-bristled one off of the shelf? Did you know that there are countless different designs and types of brushes that are specially made for certain mouths? Having the right tools to clean out all the nooks and crannies of your mouth can reduce your risk of developing oral health problems. Whether you have sensitive teeth, gum disease, or braces, there are several styles of brushes available to make your oral hygiene routine faster and easier. The best place to start to learn what type of toothbrush is best for you is to ask your dentist what they would recommend for your mouth.

Cleaning Your Tongue

To maintain fresh breath for your important job interview, cleaning your tongue every day is an absolute must. Having a tongue scraper around to remove food particles and plaque that have attached to it can prevent your mouth from becoming a bacterial breeding ground. You can also use a toothbrush to gently brush away any harmful substances.

Waiting Before Brushing Your Teeth

Did you know that brushing your teeth directly after consuming acidic foods or beverages could cause permanent damage to your enamel? Although you may be in a rush to get out of the door, you should wait at least an hour before brushing your teeth, that way your saliva has time to neutralize the acids. If you’re in a rush, try bringing along a travel toothbrush and a tube of toothpaste so you can brush when you get to your destination.  

Keep Flossing Picks Handy

Flossing with regular dental floss can be time-consuming and messy. It’s definitely not easy to maneuver your arms and elbows while flossing in a car. Instead, try keeping a bag of ready-to-use flossing picks available so you can floss whenever you have free time, no matter where you are.

Scheduling Your Semi-Annual Checkups and Cleanings

The best way to avoid spending more time than necessary in
the dentist’s office is to visit your professional every six months for checkups
and cleanings. That way, they can spot and treat any small problems before they
result in you needing costly and more invasive procedures down the road. Even
if you’re busy as ever, you won’t regret taking the extra time to take care of
your mouth!

About the Practice

Drs. Samantha Amaro, Arti Patel, and Anny Charolia are all
passionate about providing their patients with high-quality, individualized,
and non-judgmental dental care. Each of our dentists at White Willow Family
& Cosmetic Dentistry has continued their education, earning certifications
in services such as Invisalign, CEREC one-day crowns, and sedation dentistry.
In addition to expanding and sharpening their skills, our dentists also work
with a variety of patients, including those who have disabilities. To receive
compassionate and reliable dental care, visit White Willow Family &
Cosmetic Dentistry’s website
or call 416-285-4545.