Dental Tips Just For You!
Our team at Chinook Mall Family Dental Clinic is dedicated to the optimal health of your teeth and gums. We sat down and collectively put together our favorite and wisest dental tips just for you. Some may seem redundant but it’s important to be reminded of simple daily habits that are beneficial. Gentle reminders are better then aching reminders!
- Chew sugar-free gum after eating or drinking, especially sugary foods, to help protect your teeth and gums in between meals.
- Wait an hour after eating or drinking anything before brushing as the enamel will be softened and you could be brushing away tiny particles.
- A varied diet that is rich in vitamins, minerals, and fresh fruit and vegetables can help to prevent gum disease.
- Finishing a meal with a cube of cheese is a great, and tasty, way to reduce the effect of acids from the foods damaging your teeth.
- Avoid snacking and try to only have sugary foods and drinks at mealtimes, reducing the time your teeth come under attack.
- If you have a sweet tooth try to choose sugar free sweets and drinks which contain xylitol as it can actively contribute to your oral health.
- You should brush twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste and floss once a day.
- Choose an ADA-accepted toothbrush that has polished bristles because they are less likely to injure gum tissue. Use a soft bristled toothbrush with a size and shape that allows you to reach all tooth surfaces.
- Replace your toothbrush every three to four months, or sooner if the bristles become worn or frayed.
- Oral irrigators are used as an aid for people with braces or fixed partial dentures, they should not replace regular brushing or flossing
- Consume plenty of calcium-rich foods, such as low-fat milk, yogurt and cheese. Calcium is essential for strong teeth and bones.
- Avoid sticky sweets, such as taffy, toffees, soft candies and pastries. These types of foods stick to your teeth and feed decay-causing bacteria. When you do eat sweets, eat them after a meal. When candies are eaten alone, they are more likely to remain stuck between your teeth.
- Do eat crunchy foods that naturally clean the teeth (apples, carrots, and other raw vegetables) and foods with ample vitamin C, like citrus fruits and broccoli.
- Be aware that excessive amounts of coffee, tea, red wine and other beverages can stain your teeth.
- Parents should try and supervise your children’s tooth brushing until they are about 7 years old.
- Take your child to the dentist early, as soon as their teeth start to appear, this will help them get used to the sights, sounds and smells of a dental practice.
- Use a timer or brush a long to a song to ensure your children are brushing for the correct amount of time.
- Use a reward chart to track your children’s brushing habits and get them actively involved in brushing their teeth.
Our best advice to you though remains the same- come see us for a thorough check up! This is key to keeping your teeth and gums at their best. We love seeing our patients and knowing they care as much as we do about their smile!
These are 6 important reasons to book into see us at Chinook Mall Family Dental Clinic
- Prevent cavities: Plaque and tartar buildup is the leading cause of tooth decay. The acidic substance atrophies the enamel and if left unattended, can result in cavities. Plaque can be removed from brushing and flossing but tartar can only be removed at the dentist’s office.
- Avoid tooth loss: Built-up plaque can cause gum disease, a major cause of tooth loss in adults. As gum disease progresses, plaque moves further down the tooth where it can damage the supporting bone in your jaw. This causes teeth to loosen and fall out. Reduce the chance of this occurring through regular visits to your dentist.
- Brighten smile: Drinking and eating certain things can darken the appearance of your teeth and dampen your smile. A dental cleaning can remove stains!
- Freshen breath: No one wants bad breath! Good oral hygiene is the best way to ensure fresh breath. Getting a cleaning is your best bet to ensure a healthy mouth.
- Overall health: A lot of people don’t realize how connected everything in the body is. If your mouth is unhealthy, your body won’t be far behind. Studies have indicated that regular dental cleanings may lower risk of several diseases including heart disease and stroke
- Money: Save money by staying on preventing severe oral health problems and avoiding more costly dental work.