To protect your oral hygiene and your overall health, it's important to care for your teeth and gums. Today, our dentists in Etobicoke share 10 tips for keeping your smile happy and healthy long-term.
1. Brush twice a day.
Brush your teeth at least twice a day for two minutes every time. Ideally, make it a habit to brush when you wake up each morning and before going to bed each night.
2. Floss once a day.
By flossing, you'll remove debris from between your teeth that you won't be able to reach with your toothbrush. Flossing your teeth nightly decreases your risk of tooth decay between your teeth, and keeps your gums healthy.
3. Visit the dentist regularly.
We recommend planning to see your dentist for a hygiene cleaning and oral exam at least twice a year - every six months. These appointments allow your dentist time to provide a professional deep cleaning. We can also identify and treat any developing issues.
4. Eat a healthy diet.
Eating healthy is good for your whole body, including your teeth. A diet that's high in calcium and low in sugar will help keep your teeth healthy and strong. Foods that are beneficial for your oral health include leafy greens, carrots, apples, almonds, yogurt, and cheese.
5. Avoid sugary drinks.
Drinking sugary beverages, like pop, on a regular basis can increase your risk of cavities. Instead, drink primarily water or milk, and try leaving sugary drinks for occasional treats.
6. Stay hydrated.
Drinking plenty of water can help prevent cavities. By keeping hydrated, you will maintain a flow of saliva which washes away food particles that collect on your teeth. These particles allow bacteria to grow.
7. Add mouthwash to your routine.
Rinsing with mouthwash is a good addition to your daily brushing and flossing routine. It can help to kill bacteria in your mouth that can cause issues like cavities and gum disease.
8. Replace your toothbrush regularly.
You should change your toothbrush at least once every six months. You may consider replacing it sooner if the bristles have become stiff, or if you have recently fought off a cough or flu.
9. Don’t smoke.
One of the best things you can do for your oral health is to quit smoking. Not only does it stain your teeth, it also increases the risk of oral cancer and gum disease.
10. Examine your mouth at home.
Try to examine the inside of your mouth regularly. If you notice anything that looks out of the ordinary such as lumps, bumps, or unhealed sores, make an appointment to get it checked by your dentist.