How to Keep Your Teeth Healthy

 In Kerrisdale Dental Centre

Having healthy teeth is more than just the simple brush and floss you do every day. Your parents or even your dentist may have advised you to brush twice daily and floss at least once a day, but there are many essential dental habits you should practice to ensure you have healthy teeth.

Replace Your Toothbrush every 3 months

Using your toothbrush every day to remove food debris from your mouth can lead it to wear out. When you notice that your toothbrush’s bristles are getting worn, it’s time for a new one. Rinse it very well after each use and store your toothbrush in an open and upright position to allow air flow to dry the toothbrush, as microorganisms can happily multiply in wet environments.

Clean your tongue

We may concentrate on our pearly whites, but forgetting to brush and clean your tongue can lead to problems later. After you are done brushing your teeth, give your tongue a quick and thorough brush as well to remove any food debris and bacteria. This also helps to prevent bad breath.

Choose What You Drink Wisely

This is the age of fast food and many people tend to sip on sugary juices or sodas during the day. This habit affects the condition of your teeth and is a huge contributor to tooth decay. Cutting down on soft drinks and drinking more water, milk and fresh juices will keep your teeth healthy, longer.

Use Fluoride

Fluoride can be found in public water supply in many areas and is essential for strengthening and protecting your teeth and helps to reduce tooth decay. Find out if your water supply is fluoridated and if not, talk to your dental professional to find out options for fluoride treatment. There are many fluoridated toothpastes and rinses that you and your family can use.

Schedule and Have Regular Dental Appointments

Dental Appointment

Your dental care provider at Kerrisdale Dental will be able to detect any signs or symptoms of issues with your teeth. Visiting your dental professional means that decay or infection can be detected early on which will lead to successful treatment. They can answer any queries or concerns you may have on brushing and flossing schedules as well as offer tips on oral hygiene.

Start Early

Even though there has been much advancement in the world of dentistry, more than half of all school going children develop cavities. The moment your child’s first tooth arrives is the sign of when dental care should begin. Your dental care provider can suggest ways to keep your child’s teeth clean and healthy. Supervision should always be given during brushing and flossing when they are young to ensure that they brush well and thoroughly.

Avoid Smoking

Smokers have a higher risk of getting oral cancer as well as gum disease. Not only that, their teeth are always tobacco stained.

Eat Healthy

A healthy diet containing all necessary nutrients is essential for your body as well as your teeth.

Wear Protective gear in Sports

Wear mouth guards in certain recreational activities to avoid getting blows to your mouth which could loosen your natural teeth.

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