There are five simple steps to take to help you maintain healthy teeth and gums for a lifetime. A Lot of the chatter about dentistry today focuses on — and understandably so — cosmetic dentistry options, technological advancements, and tooth replacement alternatives, but it’s important to keep your eye on this fundamental truth. The key to a lifetime of good dental and oral health is a commitment to daily dental hygiene in Stony Plain. Here are the five fundamentals of excellent daily dental hygiene.
Brush your teeth twice a day
We have a hunch that the first two entries on this list aren’t going to surprise you. But sometimes the things that “go without saying” are the things that should be said loudest of all. So here’s a reminder. The only way to remove food particles and residue from all the surfaces of your teeth before it can turn to plaque, tartar, and tooth decay is to brush your teeth. You should brush your teeth for two minutes at a time using a soft toothbrush. In an ideal world, brush after every time you eat but no less than twice daily.
Floss your teeth daily
Here’s the second piece of the low hanging fruit — flossing. Brushing well will eliminate food particles and the like on the surfaces of your teeth, but even the most diligent brushing can leave food particles and substances between your teeth, behind your back teeth, and along and below the line of your gums. To get rid of those lurking substances in those areas, use floss. To floss, you can use traditional string floss or pick-like flossing devices, whatever you find works best. The key is this: Fluss between and around every tooth and along the entire gum line.
Don’t forget your tongue
It’s right there in the middle of your mouth. Hard to miss, but easy to forget — your tongue. Your tongue is covered with countless taste buds, crevices, and irregular surfaces on a microscopic level. Tiny bacteria by the millions collect in, on, and around all those taste buds, crevices, and irregular surfaces. Those bacteria won’t cause cavities on your tongue, but they can cause tooth decay and periodontal (gum) disease. Accumulations of bacteria on your tongue are also prime causes of halitosis (bad breath). To eliminate all those problems, be sure to brush your tongue when brushing your teeth. You can use your toothbrush, or even purchase a tongue scraper at most drugstores.
Ramp up your daily hygiene with an oral irrigator
History tells us that the modern toothbrush was invented in 1938 (though “chew sticks” have been rubbed against teeth since 3,000 BC). Tooth floss was actually invented before modern toothbrushes, in 1815. While both technologies continue to serve us well, you don’t have to settle for the same tools your great-great-great….grandparents used. Oral irrigating devices use streams of pulsating water to remove plaque and food debris from your teeth and gums. As your dentist in Stony Plain what kind of irrigator they recommend, especially if you have a medical history of periodontal disease.
It may seem odd to think that you can eat your way to clean teeth, but the key is what to eat. Or what not to eat. Starchy and sugary foods, for example, produce substances that tend to cling to your teeth and in the spaces between them where they fuel the growth of bacteria and production of acids that can dissolve teeth enamel. Carbonated beverages are acidic enough to damage your teeth by etching the enamel of your teeth. On the other hand, foods high in fibre will clean your teeth as you eat them. Eating three servings of fruits and vegetables daily will help keep your teeth and gums clean, healthy, and resistant to tooth decay.
Do you have questions about the condition of your teeth or gums? For advice about best practices for preserving and boosting your oral health, contact a dental clinic in Stony Plain to speak to a dentist or hygienist.