Maintaining oral health is a lifetime obligation for everyone. It doesn’t matter if your teeth look whiter than others or if your teeth seem very healthy today, you must perform or practice the proper dental hygiene steps daily to keep them that way.
We are not only talking about the cleanliness aspect of the teeth or the entire mouth but we are especially talking about the overall health of the mouth and the prevention of any oral complications.
To achieve and maintain healthy teeth, there are steps that everyone can do. It includes being mindful of your daily oral health care habits, using the right oral care products and regularly visiting a Calgary dentist for teeth cleanings and check-ups. Below are more specific ways to keep your teeth healthy.
1. Brush your teeth properly
Believe it or not, there is a proper way to brush teeth. Brushing teeth properly is very important because if you’re not doing it correctly, it’s pretty much as bad as not brushing your teeth. The proper brushing technique includes placing your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle to the gums, gently moving the brush back and forth in short strokes, and making sure you brush the outer surfaces, the inner surfaces, and the chewing surfaces of the teeth.
It is also worth noting that using a soft-bristled brush is better and more effective, as well as making sure that your toothbrush gets replaced every three or four months or as soon as the bristles are frayed. Also, it is recommended to use fluoride toothpaste for better results.
2. Never forget to clean your tongue
What some people do not realize is that the tongue needs proper cleaning as well and should never be neglected. Failing to clean the tongue may lead to bad mouth odor because bacteria and plaque can build up on the tongue.
To clean the tongue, gently brush it every time you brush your teeth. It is also encouraged to use a tongue scraper to remove extra particles from the surface of the tongue.
3. Floss your teeth daily
A lot of people fail to floss their teeth as regularly as they brush their teeth. This is not advisable at all because if you fail to floss, little pieces of food and other particles are likely still stuck between your teeth, making it more susceptible to plaque.
Flossing has also been said to help stimulate the gums, reduce plaque, and help lower the inflammation in the area.
4. Avoid going to bed before brushing your teeth
Some people come home with nothing but sleep on their minds because of tiredness or laziness that’s why they go straight to sleep and forget to brush. It is important to condition ourselves to avoid neglecting brushing at night because if you fail to do so, the germs and plaque accumulated throughout the day stay inside the mouth.
That’s why when you sleep, all the nasty bacteria feed away at your teeth and eventually lead to cavities and tooth decay. You also become more susceptible to gum disease. So always brush your teeth before bedtime.
5. Visit a Calgary dentist regularly
Even the most diligent people who practice proper dental hygiene daily are required to visit a Calgary dentist SE to have their teeth and mouths checked, examined, and professionally cleaned at least twice a year or every six months.
This part of the oral health maintenance process is very integral because only the best Calgary dentists can remove tartar or calculus, be able to treat cavities and tooth decay, and have the capability to examine the mouth for potential oral health issues and treat them accordingly.
Most Downtown Calgary dentists also provide oral cancer screenings with every dental check-up. This is particularly beneficial because oral cancer is a lot easier to treat if it is detected as early as possible.
For bookings and inquiries, contact Inglewood Family Dental at (403) 265-5888 to request an appointment! We offer a wide variety of dental services and treatments for you and your entire family! We look forward to seeing you soon!
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