Your oral health plays a huge role in your overall health. Regular visits to Toronto dental implants dentists such as our Implants Dentist are crucial to maintaining a great smile and a healthy overall body. It is recommended to see your dentist every 6 months for a checkup and as needed when dental issues arise.
In addition to regular dental visits, there are other things that you can do to maintain good oral hygiene. We’ll cover those here:
Brush Your Teeth
It’s probably pretty obvious, but brushing your teeth is a big aspect of good oral hygiene. However, the way you brush your teeth–and the frequency–can make all the difference between a healthy, clean mouth and one that is not so healthy.
It’s recommended to use your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle against your gums with a gentle and short brushing motion on each tooth. You should make sure to brush your tongue and both the inner and outer surfaces of the teeth.
Brushing twice a day is recommended; ideally you should try to brush after each meal.
Floss Your Teeth
Most people hate flossing–but it’s just as important as brushing your teeth. Flossing gets rid of pieces of food and plaque between the teeth. that a toothbrush cannot reach.
It’s recommended to floss at least once per day. When you floss, make sure to go in a gentle up and down motion while going over every area of the gumline and sides of the teeth.
Use A Rinse
You can call the rinse the third step of your 1-2-3 oral hygiene plan. Step 1 is flossing, step 2 is brushing, step 3 is rinsing with mouthwash. Use a flouride rinse to prevent cavities.
Avoid Too Much Sugar
Eating or drinking things with a lot of sugar can contribute to poor dental hygiene, even if you brush your teeth. Drinks such as soda and fruit juice contain a lot of sugar–and soda has even been shown to damage the enamel on your teeth. For good oral hygiene, try to limit your sugary beverages to less than 16 ounces a day. Drinking a lot of water instead of sugary beverages is good for your body and your teeth.