Oral Hygiene Tips to Protect Your Teeth

While brushing and flossing are staples in a good oral health routine, there are other things you can do to maintain healthy teeth and gums.

There are billions of bacteria living in our mouths at any given time, feeding off of food particles and sugar and creating a buildup of plaque. Tooth decay and gum disease, among a handful of other problems, can be the result of a poor oral hygiene routine.

Preventative hygiene care, including regular visits to the dentist, thorough at-home brushing and flossing routines, and being mindful of your daily habits can help you avoid these painful issues.

Understanding how to properly protect your teeth will help minimize the risk of contracting dental diseases and ensure you have a healthy, beautiful smile at all times.

Brush and Floss Regularly

It’s no secret that the key to maintaining healthy teeth is brushing at least twice a day.

By brushing, you not only protect your teeth by removing all the food particles but you’ll be strengthening them with the minerals found in toothpaste.

Many people neglect to brush their teeth before bed, especially if it’s been a long day. Though understandable, leaving the germs and plaque that have accumulated throughout the day heavily contribute to gum disease and tooth discoloration.

There are some areas that even the brush can’t reach, which is where a piece of floss comes in handy. If you only decide to brush and skip flossing, the hidden bits of food and materials can eventually develop into decay.

When flossing, be sure to slide it up the whole tooth, and don’t be afraid to reach the tight spaces, as they’re the most important to clean.

Use a Fluoride Toothpaste

When choosing toothpaste, most people make decisions based on flavours and the strength of whitening agents. No matter which one you choose, make sure it contains fluoride as the mineral is a leading defense against tooth decay.

Fluoride is known to support the minerals found in the tooth’s enamel and helps fight against the bacteria attacking the enamel. If enamel erosion has already begun, stronger fluoride treatments can be provided by your dentist to help strengthen the tooth.

Maintain a Healthy Diet

Dental health and overall health work hand in hand.

The food you eat affects your whole body, including your teeth. Many instances of tooth decay are largely caused by the consumption of harmful carbohydrates and high in sugar foods.

Sugar converts into acid in the mouth with the help of bacteria, which can then erode the enamel of your teeth and lead to cavities.

Maintaining healthy teeth and gums doesn’t necessarily mean cutting out all unhealthy foods and sugars, simply limiting fast food and incorporating more foods that are high in calcium into your diet will significantly help prevent periodontal disease.

Improve Your Oral Health With DDS Collingwood

Achieving healthy teeth and gums takes a lifetime of care. While brushing and flossing play a crucial role in maintaining good oral health, regular visits to the dentist will help detect any trouble areas you can’t see at home.

Our team at DDS Collingwood strives to provide our clients with the best care from the moment they walk through the door.

Whether you’re due for teeth cleaning or want to improve your oral health, get in touch with us today to book an appointment.

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