How to Maintain Good Oral Hygiene

It's important to care for your teeth and gums as part of a solid oral hygiene routine — and to protect your overall health. Today, our Kanata dentists share 10 tips for keeping your smile happy and healthy for years to come. 

1. Brush twice a day.

Our dentists recommend brushing your teeth twice a day for two minutes each time. Ideally, brush after you wake up in the morning and before going to bed every night.

2. Floss once a day.

Your toothbrush won't be able to reach debris stuck between your teeth, which is why flossing is important. By flossing your teeth every night, you can minimize the risk of tooth decay between your teeth. This will also keep your gums healthy. 

3. Visit the dentist regularly.

Book a visit with your dentist for a hygiene cleaning and oral exam at least twice a year (every six months). During these appointments, your dentist will give your teeth a professional deep cleaning and allow your dentist to identify and treat any issues that might be developing. 

4. Eat a healthy diet.

Eating calcium-rich, low-sugar foods is good for your entire body, and will help keep your teeth strong and healthy. Foods that will benefit your oral health include carrots, apples, yogurt, cheese, almonds and leafy greens. 

5. Avoid 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.

Drinking plenty of water can help prevent cavities. By keeping hydrated, you will maintain a flow of saliva which washes away food particles that collect on your teeth. These particles allow bacteria to grow.

7. Add mouthwash to your routine.

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. Replace your toothbrush regularly.

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.

One of the best things you can do for your oral health is to quit smoking. Not only does it stain your teeth, it also increases the risk of oral cancer and gum disease. 

10. Examine 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.

For more tips or advice about caring for your oral health, contact our Kanata dentists today to book a consultation. 

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