One of the main reasons why people visit an Edmonton dental clinic is because they have run into an oral health problem. Many of the issues that Edmonton dentists see, however, can be successfully prevented with the right oral hygiene routine. At Azarko Dental Group we are committed to providing all of our patients with useful information that can help them maintain good oral health. According to our Edmonton dentists, here are 5 good dental habits that will help keep dental and oral health problems at bay:
- Brushing twice (or more) times a day
As you've no doubt heard at an Edmonton dental clinic before, you should endeavour to brush your teeth at least twice a day, for at least two minutes. This will ensure that food particles are regularly removed and that plaque bacteria doesn't have much of a chance to proliferate. Ideally you'll also want to give your teeth a light brushing or at least a quick rinse with some water after every meal.
- Flossing daily
Brushing alone, while crucial for good oral health, just isn't up to the task of cleaning your teeth as thoroughly as they need to be cleaned. Flossing is important for getting food particles and plaque out from between the teeth, where toothbrushes simply can't reach. You should floss at least once every day, taking care to move the floss up and down both sides of each tooth at least three times.
- Limiting your intake of sugary and acidic foods
Both sugary and acidic foods can cause damage to dental enamel, making teeth more susceptible to decay. Acidic foods cause the damage more directly, while sugary foods provide a fuel source for plaque bacteria, which produce acid as a by-product. Stay away from too many sugary snacks and try to limit the amount of citrus fruits and fruit juices you consume.
- Brushing your tongue
The bacteria which you work so hard to remove from your teeth and gums also settles on your tongue, which is why brushing or scraping your tongue is a good idea. To clean your tongue you can use a specially designed tongue brush or you can just brush gently with your soft-bristled toothbrush. Once in a while you may also want to use a tongue scraper.
- Visiting your Edmonton dentist on a regular basis
Regular visits to an Edmonton dental clinic are perhaps the most important component of maintaining good oral health and making sure that your dental habits are keeping your teeth as clean and healthy as they should be. Only a professional cleaning can get rid of tough plaque and tartar, and only a qualified Edmonton dentist can offer you effective treatments for oral health problems.
Edmonton Dental Clinics
Make visiting an Edmonton dental clinic a part of your oral health routine by booking an appointment at the Azarko Dental Group clinic today.
14938 Stony Plain Rd.
Edmonton, AB T5P 3X8