If you have not visited your dentist for over a year, you might feel a little self-conscious about the state of your teeth and gums. Dentists taking new patients, however, are understanding and always ready to give you tips on dramatically improving the state of your smile! Here are their top 5 easy tips to care about your smile and oral health:
Flossing I: the power of habit
According to Health Canada’s Oral Health Statistics, only 28% of Canadians floss at least 5 times a week. Flossing wakes up your gums and is the only proven way to remove plaque lodged between your teeth. Over time, this plaque will build up and could cause tooth decay, gingivitis, and even tooth loss. As a bonus, most dental clinics in Orleans usually give you free floss samples to take home with you!
Flossing II: don’t be a snapper
Next time your dentist asks you how often you floss, be ready to show them that not only do you floss once a day, but you floss the proper way: by avoiding “snapping” the floss against the gum but rather by smoothly and softly wiggling it into the tooth pocket. Your dental hygienist will be happy to show you an example of effective flossing on your next visit.
The power is in your hands!
Have you received an electrical toothbrush as a gift? If so, be grateful! A 2005 study has proven that electrical toothbrushes with a rotational head removes plaque and prevents gingivitis more effectively than manual toothbrushes. Most dentists taking new patients advise them to brush their teeth with a soft bristled brush to avoid unnecessary damage to your tooth enamel and gums. Don’t forget to change the bristles every 2-3 months to avoid bacteria build-up.
Foods with fluoride
Many of us already consume tap water which naturally contains fluoride, a mineral which prevents tooth decay. Canned tomato products, boiled carrots and unsweetened grape juice are just a few other examples of foods which also naturally contain fluoride. Mouth-rinses containing fluoride can also be purchased over-the-counter at your local pharmacy. You can ask to receive a higher potency fluoride treatment during your next appointment at your dental clinic in Orleans as well.
Don’t over brush
Brushing your teeth for more than two minutes will not make your teeth cleaner and might actually cause more harm to your teeth and gums. Dentists recommend brushing to the tune of your favourite pop song, which usually last around 2 minutes and 30 seconds.
These often forgotten but essential tips are the key to making your next visit to your dental clinic in Orleans pain and worry-free!