It's very important for your oral and overall health to properly take care of your teeth and gums. In this blog, our Newmarket dentists share a list of 10 tips and tricks for keeping your mouth happy and healthy.
1. Brush two times daily.
It's very important to brush your teeth two times a day for two minutes every time. We highly recommend doing this when you wake up in the morning and before you go to bed at night.
2. Floss once a day.
Flossing clears away debris that's hiding between your teeth that a toothbrush isn't able to reach. By flossing your teeth each night you are minimizing the chances of developing tooth decay between your teeth and helping your gums stay healthy.
3. Routinely visit your dentist.
We suggest visiting your dentist two times a year (every 6 months) for an oral exam and hygiene cleaning. These appointments give your teeth a professional deep cleaning and allow your dentist to identify and treat any issues that may be developing.
4. Maintain 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. Limit 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.
Did you know that drinking lots of water helps to prevent cavities? By staying hydrated, you are maintaining a healthy flow of saliva that washes away the food particles that can build up on your teeth. The particles promote the growth of bacteria.
7. Rinse with mouthwash.
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. Regularly replace your toothbrush.
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.
Quitting smoking is one of the best things you can do for your oral health. Smoking doesn't only cause staining, it also puts you at a higher risk for gum disease and oral cancer.
10. Evaluate 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.