Basic Steps to Sustaining Healthy Oral Hygiene
Deciding to maintain healthy oral hygiene is one of the most important and positive health choices that you could make for yourself. Not only will sustaining healthy oral hygiene help to prevent cavities and tooth decay, but it will also help to save you time and money when you do visit your Edmonton dental office.
Here are four basic tips to help keep your teeth beautiful and your mouth healthy:
Try to brush your teeth at least three times a day
Many people are good about brushing their teeth after they wake up and before they go to bed, but to really keep your teeth and gums healthy you should strive to brush your teeth at some point in the middle of the day as well. You should also try to brush for at least two minutes each time.
Frequent tooth brushing is important, but just brushing on its own isn’t enough to keep the dental problems at bay. Flossing is just as crucial for a healthy mouth, and needs to be done daily in order to be effective. If you have a hard time getting into the habit because you find flossing to be tedious and uncomfortable, then consider using flossing sticks instead of regular floss.
Avoid eating too many acidic foods
Your teeth are exposed to a lot of daily wear and tear, and their only form of protection is a protective layer of enamel. Acidic food or drink such as citrus fruits, fruit juices, tomatoes, berries, and vinegars can wear away at this protective coating, making your teeth more susceptible to sensitivity, cavities, and tooth decay.
Make sure to attend regular dental appointments
Regularly going to the dentist may seem like a counterintuitive way to spend less time at the dentist, but the truth is that keeping tabs on your oral health by seeing a professional will go a long way to preventing damaging, costly, and time-consuming dental problems in the future.
The Dentists at Northgate are a family and kids dentist located in North Edmonton, Alberta. We welcome patients of all ages and with all dental needs. Our preventative dental exams and cleanings will help you sustain the healthy oral hygiene that is so crucial to your overall health, so make an appointment and come see us today.