To truly maintain healthy teeth and gums a consistent oral hygiene routine and regular visits to your dentist are essential. Preventative and daily dental care plays an important role in keeping your smile looking healthy and free of oral diseases.
The Recommended Oral Hygiene Routine
The back-to-school season often means that many households get back to their usual day-to-day routines. For example, bedtimes are in place, lunches are packed and alarms are set to get up and brush your teeth! If your oral hygiene routine was a bit inconsistent over the summer, now is a good time to get things back on track and enforce good habits. According to the Canadian Dental Association, there are six key steps to optimal preventive care at home:
- Brush your teeth at least twice a day.
- Floss once a day.
- Limit sugary snacks and drinks (including fruit juices).
- Don’t smoke or use any tobacco products.
- Have an examination as often as is recommended by your dentist. The frequency will be based on your individual needs and the risk of oral diseases.
- Have your teeth cleaned and polished as per the schedule recommended by your dentist.
Why Are Routine Dental Visits Important?
On average, most dentists will advise you to schedule a routine appointment every 6 months. This consistency is so that your dentist can identify any issues before they become a larger problem. They can also determine if your at-home cleaning is effective and if any other changes may need to be implemented.
Even if you follow the recommended oral hygiene routine, your smile can still benefit from consistent and routine professional cleanings and dental examinations! This is because there are small areas in everyone’s mouth that are hard to reach. Eventually this is where plaque will start to build up. Plaque build-up can turn into tartar – which is nearly impossible to remove on your own. You will need the help of a professional dental cleaning before the tartar develops cavities, gum disease or other oral problems. Routine examinations and dental x-rays are also beneficial to your smile as they can tell your dentist if there’s anything to worry about below surface level.
Visit A Toronto Dentist!
If you haven’t visited our dental office within the last six months, it’s time to book your next appointment! The best way to contact us is to email: firstname.lastname@example.org or fill out our contact form on our website. We are currently booking routine appointments for both new and existing patients as well as professional teeth whitening, Invisalign, dental implants and more! Ask our team about our many services that can help enhance your smile!