At Dentistry on 7th, there are many reasons why we advise you to take care of your oral hygiene, with the first being the most obvious; the confidence to smile. There are many advantages of smiling, including feeling more attractive, being happier, and reducing stress levels.
Good oral hygiene has other health benefits too, such as healthier gums and lungs, and a lower risk of heart disease, diabetes, and infertility. Despite these perks, some neglect oral care. This is a pity because with some lifestyle changes you can reap these rewards yourself.
Here are some simple steps that will lead you to better oral hygiene.
#1 Get a Professional Checkup
Your first step is to make an appointment at Dentistry on 7th with one of our highly qualified and experienced dental hygienists. One of the reasons people hesitate to return to a dentist is anxiety. Some of this stems from childhood when the dentistry industry was a little less friendly. It may also stem from the fear of discomfort and the apprehension of getting treatment for a long untreated oral hygiene issue.
To start with, the modern oral care industry is very different from the past. At Dentistry on 7th, we understand your concerns and are passionate about treating you like family. Our staff is patient, attentive, and accommodating. What’s more, we use the latest in dental technology. Our equipment and our skills allow us to offer minimally invasive treatments that cause as little discomfort as possible.
If you have an untreated condition, we advise that you come to us soon so that we can treat it before it causes more stress. And after you’ve crossed this mountain with us, you’ll realize that it was little more than a molehill.
#2 Brush Regularly
After your professional checkup, you should maintain your oral health every day with a soft-bristle toothbrush. The American Dental Association says that you should brush your teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste.
With every meal you eat, you leave a white sticky substance on your teeth containing over 1000 bacteria. This substance is called dental plaque and produces acid that erodes your tooth’s enamel. With time, the enamel can weaken, leading to cavities. Meanwhile, if untreated, the plaque can toughen into tartar, which is much harder to remove.
You can fight plaque by brushing your teeth every day. To learn proper brushing techniques, simply ask one of our dental hygienists the next time you’re at Dentistry on 7th. As your local dental clinic in Hamilton we will always be happy to show you how to use your most important oral hygiene tool.
It’s recommended that you replace your toothbrush every three to four months, or once it loses shape. To make oral care more interesting, you can try a modern electronic toothbrush. These come equipped with different brush heads, various controls, and Bluetooth to communicate with an app on your phone that documents your oral hygiene habits.
#3 Don’t Forget to Floss
While the bristles on your toothbrush can clean the surface of your teeth, they aren’t as adept as cleaning between them. Therefore, it’s important to floss every day. Otherwise, you allow plaque to build up between your teeth, which can result in cavities. What’s more, plaque can irritate your gums, leading to inflammation, bleeding, more bacteria, and eventually gingivitis.
This cycle only grows worse. Left untreated, gingivitis progresses to periodontal disease. This can travel through the bloodstream to your heart and respiratory tract, resulting in more serious conditions over time.
#4 Use Mouthwash
If brushing and flossing are like boots-on-the-ground, then mouthwash is air support. With a 30 second rinse, it reaches parts of your mouth that a toothbrush or dental floss may have missed. Keep in mind though that mouthwash only complements brushing and flossing.
Here are some of the most compelling reasons to use mouthwash.
- Freshens breath
- Reduces plaque
- Clears particles
- Prevent cavities
The best time to use mouthwash is before brushing rather than after, otherwise, it could wash away the fluoride left behind from the toothpaste. Alternatively, you can use a mouthwash that contains fluoride.
#5 Reduce Your Sugar Intake
Since childhood, you may have regularly heard that sugar causes cavities. This isn’t exactly true. Sugar itself doesn’t cause cavities, instead, it reacts with the bacteria in plaque to produce an acid that erodes the enamel. Naturally, you should avoid acidic items as well for oral health. Let’s look at some foods that are bad for your teeth.
- Soda and energy drinks
- Fruit juices
- White bread
- Potato Chips
- Peanut butter and jelly
We know that it’s impossible to avoid these treats completely. Therefore, we recommend you enjoy them in moderation while taking care of your oral health after consumption.
On the other hand, you can consume foods that improve oral hygiene. This includes fiber-rich foods, dairy products, sugarless chewing gum, and certain teas. These foods improve saliva flow, which fights against tooth decay, and contain minerals that help strengthen teeth. What’s more, they can clear sugar and acid buildup.
#6 Drink More Water
There are multiple ways in which drinking water can improve your oral hygiene. The first is by washing away leftover food, residue, and any stubborn deposits of acid and sugar from your mouth. The second is by leaving you feeling fuller so that you consume fewer foods that are harmful to your teeth. The third is by improving your flow of saliva. And finally, in countries like Canada where water is fluoridated, drinking water helps strengthen your teeth.
#7 Don’t Grind or Clench Your Teeth
You may be grinding your teeth without realizing it because of stress or bad habits. Some people do so especially at night and wake up with a sore jaw in the morning. Over time, this habit can erode or even chip your teeth.
#8 Consider Cosmetic Dentistry
If you’re not satisfied with your smile despite taking excellent care of your oral hygiene, then see what cosmetic dentistry can do for you at Dentistry on 7th. Here, our highly qualified and experienced Dr. Sarna is renowned for his eye for aesthetic detail. Many of his clients, including celebrities and other well-known personalities, come to him for his artistic skills in cosmetic dentistry.
Dr. Sarna’s secret is that rather than teeth, he treats people. Whether you need a subtle enhancement or a more in-depth treatment, Dr. Sarna will make sure that you have the most gorgeous, healthy, and natural smile possible. So come to Dentistry on 7th and experience next-level oral health care.