Burlington, ON, dentist provides tips for proper oral hygiene care
Oral health care is a critical piece of your overall health and wellness. Many adults only think about the health of their mouth when they are scheduling their regular checkups or have a toothache. However, as Dr. Thelam Nguyen of Tansley Woods Dentistry in Burlington, ON, reminds his patients, oral proper oral hygiene at home can help ensure that your mouth stays healthy and happy.
Tips to keep your mouth healthy
- Brush and floss: Dentists stress the importance of brushing and flossing for good reason. It is the only way to properly remove food particles from the teeth before they begin to cause decay and gum disease. Ideally, individuals should brush their teeth after every meal. If that is not possible, teeth should be brushed at least twice daily and flossed before bed.
- Eat a healthy diet: Most adults know that candy, cakes, and other foods with high sugar content can cause cavities and other oral health care concerns. However, it is also important to make sure that you are eating vegetables and other foods with high water content, drinking milk that keeps your bones and teeth strong, and drinking plenty of water.
- Avoid harmful habits: Smoking is not just bad for your health; it can have serious consequences for your mouth too. Tobacco can cause yellowing of the teeth and oral cancer. If you are a smoker or use chewing tobacco, consider kicking the habit so that you can smile with confidence. Additionally, habits like clenching your jaw or grinding your teeth, biting on pens, or chewing on ice can damage, chip, or break the enamel of your teeth.
- Visit the dentist: Your regular dental checkups are important. Not only will you receive a professional cleaning by a trained hygienist who uses tools to reach the areas of the mouth that are hard to reach at-home. But dental professionals can spot weak areas or trouble spots before they erupt into painful dental concerns.
The importance of oral health care
Many oral health problems can be prevented with proper at-home care. It is important to develop these good habits and a trusted relationship with your dentist who can help in the event of a problem. For more information about how to improve your oral health or to schedule a visit with Dr. Nguyen, call Tansley Woods Dentistry today at (289) 273-4289.