To keep your entire body healthy, your teeth and mouth must be regularly examined. Dental care is essential as it:
- Prevents tooth decay
- Protects and prevents gum disease
- Gives you fresh breath
- Increases your self-confidence by improving your smile
- Prevents tooth stains
- Strengthens your teeth for a healthy and functioning smile
Generally, it is advised to schedule routine dental check-ups every six months. Patients who are at risk of developing oral ailments and diseases may be advised to visit more frequently.
You will need to replace your toothbrush every three months as it will wear out over time. If you use an electric toothbrush, be sure to read the directions instead, as you may not need to replace the toothbrush heads as frequently. If you are suffering from gum disease, you should replace your toothbrush every four to six weeks to prevent the spread of bacteria. After brushing, run your toothbrush under hot water to eliminate germs and keep your bristles clean. If you have recently been sick, be sure to replace your toothbrush also.
The answer is yes. Patients who are undergoing orthodontic treatment should visit their dentist regularly. Wearing braces can cause food to become lodged in places your toothbrush can’t reach. This can cause bacteria to build up which can result in cavities, gingivitis, and gum disease.
Everyone should brush their teeth a minimum of two times daily. This recommendation is provided by the Canadian Dental Association. You should brush your teeth, gums, and mouth to remove bacteria which causes plaque. When brushing your teeth, you should use a soft-bristle toothbrush and fluoride toothbrush. You should spend a minimum of two minutes brushing, one minute on your upper teeth, and one minute on your lower teeth. Don’t forget to also brush your tongue for fresh smelling breath.
Be sure to:
- Brush twice daily
- Floss at least once per day
- Use a fluoride toothpaste
- Eat a balanced diet and avoid eating excessive amounts of sugar
- Avoid tobacco as this can lead to oral cancer, plaque, cavities, and gum disease
- Brush your tongue to remove food particles and bacteria
- Maintain biannual dental appointments