Oral Hygiene Basics

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You’ve heard it ever since you were a kid: “brush and floss twice daily”. This routine forms the basic framework of your oral hygiene program, but as we grow up, we often stop brushing and flossing as often as we should.

Think of it this way: how long does this task really take? Do you actually like having fillings, crowns or root treatments? Much as we make these procedures as painless as possible, we know you don’t like having them done. Nobody does. How can you avoid these drastic measures? By keeping your teeth clean!

Flossing has the lowest compliance


Most people are not too bad at brushing their teeth, even if they don’t do it just as they should, but flossing is the one task that a lot of people skip. The problem with doing this is that no toothbrush can reach between the teeth to get rid of plaque. The acids from the bacteria in the plaque eat away at your teeth, and before you know it, you need a filling because your tooth is starting to rot away.

If you spent just five minutes on flossing, you may have saved yourself from tooth decay. Can you spare the time? Surely you can!

Take time when brushing

Most people brush their teeth often enough, but many fail to use the correct technique, either not brushing right down to gum level, or else scrubbing harshly and hastily. Molars, with their complex fissures that collect plaque easily, receive the least attention, with many focusing on the front teeth instead.

Take time when you brush your teeth, and don’t be slow to look into the correct way of brushing teeth, since few adults practice it.

Regular dental check-ups

If you go for check-ups every six months, problems such as tooth decay can be addressed before more invasive dental work needs to be undertaken. Many people wait until they have a toothache before seeing a Vancouver dentist, and by that time, considerable damage has been done to the affected teeth, and they may even need to be extracted.

If you go for your dental check-ups every six months, you will be able to keep your natural teeth stronger and healthier, and you are less likely to need major dental procedures.

Having your teeth cleaned

Even if you take good care of your teeth, some plaque may remain and calcify, turning into stubborn tartar that can’t be removed with regular brushing. In time, tartar can cause serious gun disease, which may even affect your jaw bone. Dentists will usually either clean your teeth when you have your check-up, or else suggest that you see an oral hygienist.

By having your teeth professionally cleaned, you not only stave off gum disease, but have cleaner, whiter teeth that you can be proud of.

Take time to take care of your teeth: you’ll be glad you did

Dentures are a drag. Implants, while a wonderful invention, require intensive dental work. Crowns and bridges help you, but it’s way better to keep your own teeth as healthy as you can for as long as you can. Take care of them, and your teeth will last much longer.

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