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5 Preventive Dentistry Habits for Your Oral Health

According to the Canadian Dental Association, seven out of ten Canadians will develop periodontal (gum) disease during their lifetime. Gum disease, left untreated, can cause severe long-term damage to your teeth, gums and overall health.

Preventive dentistry is important for keeping a healthy mouth. A clean mouth and clean teeth require regular check-ups and good hygiene habits.

Check out these five smile tips to keep your mouth clean and healthy.

  1. Brush Your Teeth Before You Sleep

    Dental professionals recommend brushing at least twice a day. Of all the oral health tips, this one should be the easiest to remember.

    When it comes to oral hygiene, brushing before bed is a habit you need to adopt. Your mouth is full of bacteria, and not brushing before bed or when you wake up gives it eight hours to grow.

  2. Floss Often

    Flossing is a too often overlooked component of healthy teeth maintenance. You're flossing to remove food stuck between your teeth that can lead to plaque growth.

    You're also flossing to remove plaque and stimulate your gums. This stimulation helps reduce gum inflammation caused by plaque and tartar. If flossing with traditional dental floss gives you trouble, ready-made flossers or water flossers will do the trick.

    Flossing also helps prevent cavities and decay between your teeth.

  3. Watch What You Eat and Drink

    Sugary foods and especially soft-drinks can cause severe tooth decay. Candy, soda, and starchy sweets are some of the worst foods for your oral health.

    One of the best oral hygiene tips is to avoid these beverages and foods as much as possible. If you do, you'll see an improvement in your oral health and your overall health. As a bonus, kicking these sugary drinks will help you maintain a healthy weight.

    If you can't stand a life without soda, remember to use a straw when you drink them and rinse your mouth with water afterwards. A straw helps the harmful acid and sugar bypass your teeth.

  4. Quit Smoking

    This is the ultimate clean teeth tip. Smoking causes plaque build-up, tooth discoloration, gum disease, decay, and oral cancers. Like a dedication to a good diet free of sugar and moderate carbohydrate intake, quitting smoking also has other health benefits.

    If you want to stop smoking, help is available. Ask our dental hygienist or your doctor for information.

  5. Bi-Annual Dental Appointments

    If you want a healthy mouth and a clean smile, you should be visiting your dentist regularly; often twice a year. There's no way around it (like an oil change for your car). A twice a year examination and cleaning is a good way to keep your mouth as healthy as possible.

    The cleaning rids your mouth of plaque and tartar build-up, and the exam diagnoses any problem you might have that you're not aware of.

    During these appointments, your dentist may recommend dental sealants. This is a thin coating on your teeth meant to prevent tooth decay in the crevices of your teeth, especially for children and young adults.

Preventative Dentistry for a Healthy Smile

Your oral health is related to your overall health. An unhealthy mouth can lead to many other health complications like heart disease and cancer. Don't neglect your teeth.

Parkland Mall Dental Center is here for all your preventive dental care needs. Contact us today to book an appointment for a dental check-up and cleaningmom .