As you may be aware, April is Oral Health month. This is a time to reflect on your dental hygiene habits and assess where you can make changes. At Whistler Dental, we can help you with this. Here are the top 5 steps to keeping your mouth healthy.
Keep Your Mouth Clean
If you think simply brushing your teeth twice a day means that you are keeping your teeth clean, then think again. Make sure you use fluoride toothpaste and a soft-bristle toothbrush when cleaning, to help prevent cavities. By limiting your sugar intake and swapping those sweet treats for healthy snacks, your chances of building up plaque will decrease. You should also wait 20-30 minutes after eating before brushing your teeth. Acidic food weakens enamel so brushing too soon afterwards can cause damage in its weakened state.
Check Your Mouth Regularly
You may think your dentist is the only person who can check for gum disease but guess again. Some warning signs are easy to spot and you can see these yourself. If you have bad breath that won’t go away, red, shiny, sore or sensitive gums or bleeding when you brush or floss, it’s time to book yourself a checkup.
As well as being good for your body, good nutrition is great for your teeth. Build health teeth and gums by simply maintaining a healthy diet. If you want to snack, try swapping those candies for mouth-healthy substitutes like cheese, nuts, vegetables and non-acidic fruits.
Don’t Smoke Tobacco
Smoking tobacco not only stains your teeth but causes a whole load of other oral health problems. Smoking causes a lack of oxygen in your bloodstream leading to gum infections not being able to heal. It may not surprise you that gum disease is far more prevalent in smokers than non-smokers. In addition to this, tobacco smoke can cause cancers, heart disease and other problems.
See Your Dentist Regularly
You may be shocked to hear that as many as 48% of Canadians who haven’t seen a dentist in the last year have gum disease. Regular dental visits are the only way to guarantee your teeth are healthy and problem free. You should book a check-up every 6 months, but if you have any worrying symptoms, book in sooner.