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Easy Ways to Practice Good Oral Hygiene

Taking proper care of your teeth is essential for overall health. Most common dental issues are caused by poor oral hygiene. Take a few minutes each day to properly care for your teeth and dramatically improve the health of your teeth, gums, and entire body.

Brush Regularly

It’s common knowledge and daily brushing is essential, but frequency is also key. It’s recommended you brush your teeth at least twice a day and after each meal. Doing so will remove any food residue or plaque buildup hiding within the crevasses of your teeth. Cavities caused by bacteria can be prevented with regular brushing. Always be thorough and brush all areas of your teeth.

Frequent Flossing

Food can easily become stuck in between teeth while eating. Brushing your teeth will remove most plaque and food remnants, but there are some places a toothbrush can’t reach. Food particles lodged between teeth can begin to rot and cause cavities. Floss readily removes bits stuck in these hard-to-reach areas. Flossing can also help prevent bad breath!

Avoid Soda

Soda contains harmful acids that might damage your teeth. If you regularly drink soda, consider cutting down or removing it from your diet. Excessive consumption of soda can lead to tooth decay and cavities. Regular soda consumption also destroys the natural protective coating that protects teeth. Loss of this coating can make you vulnerable to cavities and other dental damage.

Replace Your Toothbrush

Your toothbrush loses its effectiveness over time. Whether you own an electric or manual toothbrush, it is important to regularly replace the bristle head or entire toothbrush. A brush’s bristles weaken with use and eventually stop cleaning as well as they once did. Germs and bacteria may also build up on old toothbrushes.

Visit Your Dentist Regularly

Planning regular visits to the dentist is essential for health. Even if you brush and floss your teeth regularly, sometimes other issues crop up. Seeing a dental professional to evaluate your teeth can help spot potential problems. Teeth cleanings are a great opportunity to establish the state of your teeth and gums, and even identify breathing issues that sometimes occur while sleeping.

Lambton Family Dental is pleased to perform regular dental checkups for all our patients, and keep your smile healthy and happy. Please call us with questions or to schedule an appointment at (519) 344-5747.