At Fairway Dental Urgent Care Clinic, your Kitchener Dentist we are committed to enabling you live your best life-and that includes having perfect oral health. If you’re looking to make some big steps towards ensuring your gum health, we have some tips and tricks for you. Gum disease, otherwise known as periodontal disease, affects millions of people across the world. There are various causes of gum disease, but most of them begin with dental hygiene. Ensuring your dental hygiene is up to par is a good way to keep your gums clean and health. Here are five tips we can stand behind as far as avoiding gum disease in 2019:
Consistent Brushing – #1 Defense Against Gum Disease
No doubt, you’ve bought toothpaste and toothbrushes countless times. But have you ever stopped to think of the type of products you’re getting or do you pick the one that’s closest to you? We recommend choosing toothbrushes that have gentle bristles, as these clean your teeth and gums without causing injury. When buying toothpaste, look out for a CDA seal. CDA stands for Canadian Dental Association. If a toothpaste has the CDA seal of approval, it means it has been tested and found to meet standards. This is the toothpaste you should go for. If you are finding it hard to choose a toothpaste, possibly because you have sensitive teeth or for whatever reason, our dentist can recommend some good options for you.
Brush your teeth twice a day for three minutes
In a lot of households, brushing of teeth is a one-minute rushed affair that is undertaken begrudgingly by adults and children alike. If you want your teeth and gums to remain healthy for a lifetime, you must brush thoroughly twice a day, for a full three minutes. Ensure you get all the surfaces and the corners, and the tongue as well. Brushing your teeth thoroughly eliminates most bacteria and debris. Most people will choose to brush their teeth in the morning and at night. If you wear braces, brush your teeth after every meal. This includes drinks and snacks.
Flossing is important too
Brushing your teeth twice a day is critical, and flossing is important as well. It is necessary to floss at least once a day. Flossing helps to remove the food debris and plaque between your teeth before it can harden to tartar. Tartar is how root decay and cavities begin. As with the toothpaste, go for flossing products that have a CDA seal. And remember, flossing is not a substitute for brushing. It’s supposed to complement your brushing efforts, not replace them.
Use mouthwash when needed
Dentists are yet to agree on how many times a day you should use mouthwash. It is recommended that you use mouthwash as and when required, as a complement to your brushing and flossing activities. Mouthwash is great for killing any bacteria that may be left over in your mouth after brushing. It also keeps your mouth feeling fresh. Our dentist will recommend the best product for you to use.
Eat Candy in Moderation
Everybody loves candy. At least most people do. If you fall in this majority, do not get carried away in your pursuit for all things sweet. Candy, sugar foods and drinks are bad for your oral health. Bacteria feast on the sugar that is left behind after you consume sweet things leading to tooth decay. If you must oblige your sweet tooth, do so in moderation. And remember to brush your teeth afterwards. This way, the sugar in your mouth will not build up to plaque and tartar.
Gum Disease Consultation at KW Dental Emergency
Your personal oral hygiene is key in ensuring your oral health. That being said, you need to get checked by a dentist at least twice per year. Biannual dental checkups come complete with x-ray and dental cleanings which help catch the beginning of gum disease. When gum disease is caught early, you can avoid gum recession and bone and tissue loss. If you already have periodontal disease, our dentists at Fairway Dental Urgent Care Clinic can provide you with treatment options. These include tissue grafting and bone and tissue regeneration. We also offer surgical cleanings and tooth extraction. Our dentist will advise you on how often you require to visit us based on your needs.
To learn more about our dental and orthodontic services, give us a call at 519-893-9494.