Maintaining Healthy Smiles At Home – Tips From An Ancaster Dentist
April is oral health month, and this year it’s even more important than ever to listen to your Ancaster dentist and take good care of your teeth and gums while you practise social distancing.
Healthy Smile Ancaster
Here are some oral hygiene tips from your favourite family dentist in Ancaster:
Every dentist would agree that brushing your teeth in the morning and evening is the easiest way to maintain a healthy smile.
Brush for about two minutes, using a soft-brittle toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste. It’s best to wait 20-30 minutes after eating.
Rinse your toothbrush with water after you brush. Store it upright and let it air dry before you use it again.
Flossing daily is another recommendation that every Ancaster dentist would be on board with.
Break off a piece of floss that’s about 45 centimeters long. Wind most of the floss around one middle finger, and the rest around your other middle finger. Gently guide the floss between your teeth, and curve it in a c-shape against the side of one tooth once it reaches the gumline.
Take a few minutes to check out how your teeth and gums look and feel. Look for red, shiny, puffy gums, bleeding while you floss, or bad breath that you can’t seem to get rid of – these can all be signs of gum disease.
As your family dentist in Ancaster, we also suggest keeping an eye out for bleeding or sores that don’t heal, lumps and thickening on your tongue, cheeks, gums, the floor or roof of your mouth, or any red or white patches and numbness or tingling. These could be symptoms of oral cancer.
If you notice any of these symptoms – don’t panic. Just call your dental office and speak to someone about whether your symptoms qualify as a dental emergency.
Making healthy nutrition choices helps your body build strong teeth and gums. Avoid sugary foods and drinks, and try to drink eight cups of water every day. Instead of candy or chips, reach for snacks like cheese, nuts, vegetables and low-acidity fruits.
This probably goes without saying, but avoid tobacco, alcohol and vaping. Not only are these substances harmful to your overall well-being, but they take a toll on your oral health as well.
Oral Health Month
Healthy Smile Ancaster – Oral health month is always a great time to check in with our patients and offer some reminders about proper oral hygiene, but it’s even more important this year as we all practice social distancing. Follow these tips on brushing, flossing, checking, choosing and avoiding – we look forward to seeing your healthy smile at Golf Links Dental as soon as we can.