Stay cavity free
At Coast Dental Centre, we love all of our patients, but we hope to only see you for your bi-yearly cleaning and exams. However, the reality is that many Canadians will suffer from cavities, gum disease, and other oral health care issues that require costly and sometimes invasive treatments. As family dentists we know that many of these problems could be prevented by taking a few simple precautions.
Brush and floss daily
It may seem like common sense, but we wouldn’t be dentists if we didn’t nag our patients about brushing and flossing! The truth is that bacteria found in plaque can begin to form decay within 24 hours of being left on teeth; that means that even missing a day of brushing and flossing could impact your oral health.
Use the right products
We know that there are hundreds of oral health care products on the market today that all promise whiter teeth, fewer cavities and fresher breath. Fortunately, you don’t have to break the bank to get effective dental products.
The first thing you want to look for is a good toothbrush. Many people will buy a brush with the firmest bristles, thinking it will yield a better clean. However, we recommend the opposite approach. Get a brush with soft, or even ultra soft bristles. This will protect your delicate gums from irritation. Brush gently, being careful to cover all areas of the teeth. Don’t forget to brush your tongue as well!
When looking for a toothpaste, the main ingredient you want to look for is fluoride. Fluoride will help protect teeth from decay. If you are prone to cavities, look for a toothpaste that has a slightly higher concentration of fluoride.
As far as floss goes, almost any brand will do. Many of our patients like waxed floss, as they find it easily glides in between their teeth.
Eat a healthy diet
We all know that eating right can help you stay healthy. But a proper diet can also benefit your teeth as well. Calcium, magnesium and vitamin D help maintain strong teeth and bones. Vitamins B and C can help prevent gum disease. All of these nutrients can be obtained by a diet rich in fresh fruits and veggies, whole grains and low fat dairy- foods that the rest of your body can benefit from also.
Don’t be a stranger!
We understand that coming in for a cleaning and exam isn’t the most exciting thing in the world. But doing so twice a year can help ward off a lot of dental maladies and save you money and discomfort in the future. You see, no matter how good a job of brushing and flossing you do, plaque and tartar can build up. Tartar can only be removed by a dentist or hygienist using special instruments.
In addition to keeping your mouth healthy and free of decay and infection, dental visits serve as a valuable opportunity to check in with your dental team regarding your oral health, and address any concerns you may have. If you do have cavities or signs of gum disease, catching them early is always best. If you’re overdue for a check up, call us at (604) 463 – 2227 or drop by our Maple Ridge office today to book your appointment.