When I was a kid, my Grandmother told me something that has always stuck with me, that ‘a prevention is better than a cure’. I took this to mean that it is easier to avoid something and be smart, then to suffer the consequences later from not being smart. She also instilled in me the importance of always being prepared. The two concepts definitely go hand in hand and I feel that I’m a better person because of it.
The best part about these concepts is that they can virtually apply to any aspect of life. Keeping your room or workspace clean and preventing clutter from taking over is much better than just letting things pile up and then needing to take a lot of time and possibly even getting a hazmat team to come in and help clean things up!
When it comes to oral hygiene, the same rules apply. Taking all the necessary steps (such as daily brushing, flossing and using mouthwash) are essential in maintaining healthy teeth and gums, however it is isn’t enough. Once you’ve found the right Ottawa dental professional to see, make sure you seem them on a regular basis. The term ‘regular’ can vary from person to person and also may be dependent on the individuals’ insurance coverage. Ideally, going to see your Ottawa dental professional twice a year is the best option, but making it there at least once a year is better than not at all.
Keeping up with your daily oral hygienic routine is important, but the preventative cleaning that a dental team can provide is the icing on the cake. With the aid of their specific cleaning devices, they are able to reach areas of your mouth that are quite difficult to reach by yourself or spots that your own hygienic practices may be unable to get to.
At the end of the day it’s about the collaboration between the individual and the dental team. Brushing, flossing and using mouthwash alone isn’t enough and neither is just going in for annual check-ups. Both are required to maintain your smile and promote excellent dental and overall oral health.