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10 Oral Hygiene Tips

Posted Apr 6th, 2022 in General Dentistry

You can maintain optimal oral health by implementing an excellent preventive hygiene routine that includes daily brushing and flossing and attending regular appointments with your dentist. Today, our Prince Albert dentists share some oral hygiene tips that can help you keep your mouth healthy.

You can maintain healthy teeth and gums by following these oral health tips. 

1. Brush your teeth for at least two minutes, two times a day.

For good oral hygiene, you will want to brush your teeth at least two times a day, ideally in the morning and before bed, for two to four minutes each time. Start with your brush at a 45-degree angle in a sweeping motion. Brush your upper teeth using a sweeping downward motion, and your lower teeth using a sweeping upward motion. You should only brush back and forth on chewing surfaces. 

2. Floss your teeth each night.

Flossing your teeth every night before you brush them not only helps remove debris but also minimizes the risk of tooth decay. It helps keep your gums healthy too. Use a piece of floss up to 18 inches long so you can use a fresh area of floss for every few teeth. Keep in mind the floss should rub against the teeth in a motion that creates a forward or backward 'C' shape, wrapping the floss around each tooth.

3. Rinse with mouthwash every day.

By using mouthwash every day, you are helping kill the germs that can build up in your mouth. Because mouthwash can go where toothbrushes and floss can't, it helps get rid of debris that can irritate the gum line and cause gum disease.

4. Scrape or brush your tongue once a day.

After brushing your teeth, bacteria can still remain on the tongue. Brushing or scraping your tongue as part of your daily routine can help get rid of this bacteria, and also help freshen your breath. Remember to use one toothbrush for brushing, and a different toothbrush for scraping your tongue. 

5. Attend regular appointments with your dentist.

Visit the dentist, at least twice a year, for a dental examination and cleaning. Dentists and hygienists have tools and techniques that can clean your teeth far more thoroughly than you can at home. Regular exams also mean your dentist can find any issues that are developing sooner and offer treatment options to prevent them from getting worse.

6. Don’t put off dental treatments.

Many people have fears that prevent them from getting dental treatments, while others avoid treatments because they think that it will be too costly. The truth is, preventive check-ups and treatments don't cost much when compared to extensive care such as a dental crown or implant. Avoiding necessary treatments may impact your dental hygiene in a negative way and end up costing you more in the long run.

7. Choose healthy foods and minimize sugar.

The food you eat has an effect on your whole body, including your teeth. So be sure to eat plenty of fruits and veggies, and minimize your consumption of sugar which leads to cavities. Calcium and Vitamin D are necessary for maintaining the health of gums and teeth. You may take supplements, but it is better to drink milk, fortified orange juice, and eat yogurt, broccoli, cheese, and other dairy products. Vitamin B complex is also essential for the protection of gums and teeth from cracking and bleeding. 

8. Limit your intake of alcohol, coffee, and pop

Beverages containing additives such as corn syrup and food dye can make white teeth appear dull and discoloured. It is best to choose beverages such as milk, which helps to strengthen teeth and build stronger enamel, and water which hydrates your body.

9. Protect your teeth by wearing a mouth guard.

If you play sports or other contact activities, we recommended wearing a mouth guard to protect your teeth and gums from impact or injury. Most dental offices offer custom-made mouth guards for patients to comfortably fit their smiles and keep their teeth safe from damage. 

10. Avoid habits that can harm your teeth.

Steer clear of tobacco and other substances that are harmful to your teeth, and try to break habits such as biting your nails or opening bottle caps with your teeth. If you have the habit of sucking your thumb, lip-biting, tongue-thrusting, or clenching your teeth, consult a dentist for treatment options.

Contact our dentists in Prince Albert today to schedule an appointment and learn more about your oral health.

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