Oral hygiene tips from Coast Dental Centre in Maple Ridge
We’re all after that white, beautiful smile. But if we’re honest, most of us don’t have a perfect oral hygiene routine. We may forget to brush here and there, forget to floss, drink sugary beverages in between meals, or neglect to come in for that bi-yearly dental check up. Nobody’s perfect and we all make oral hygiene mistakes, but over time, if you’re noticing that your teeth are taking on a yellowish appearance, or that you’re getting cavities more often than you’d like, it may be time to brush up on your oral care routine! Below are some tips that can help you take your oral health up a notch.
Start your oral hygiene routine early
Many patients find that they’re too tired at night, and the temptation to flop into bed without brushing or flossing is too great. To remedy this, we suggest brushing earlier in the evening, such as right after dinner, so you won’t have to worry about it later on when you are more tired.
Don’t sip sugary drinks
We all know that pop is bad for your teeth, but other drinks such as fruit juices and sweetened coffee drinks can contain just as much sugar. It’s not reasonable to say that you can never have a sweet drink, but there are some steps you can take to minimize the damage to your teeth. First of all, try not to sip a sugary drink for a long period of time; the longer you take to drink it, the longer it will be on your teeth. Have your drink and then brush your teeth or rinse your mouth with plain water. Also, sipping through a straw could minimize the amount of liquid that comes into contact with your teeth.
For teens and young adults, there are apps available for smartphones and tablets to help with oral hygiene. Many of these apps have an alarm to remind you to brush and floss, as well as a timer to let you know how long you should be brushing for. They can also send you an alert to remind you of upcoming dental appointments. These apps offer a fun and interactive way to help you remember to brush.
Of course, a healthy balanced diet is necessary for overall health, but your teeth in particular can benefit from a diet high in calcium, magnesium and Vitamin D. in addition, many foods that contain these nutrients, such as milk, cheese, and leafy green vegetables, are low in sugar and won’t likely cause staining to your teeth.
Don’t be a stranger
When it comes to dental health, prevention really is the best cure. By coming in twice a year for a cleaning and exam, you will work to prevent problems like gum disease and cavities from arising, and your dentist can catch any potential problems before they worsen, requiring more aggressive treatment. If you are overdue for a cleaning and checkup, contact us today. We won’t give you a lecture, we just want to schedule you in as soon as we can so we can polish those pearly whites and make sure everything is in tip top shape.