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Preventative Maintenance

Preventative maintenance is the best way to avoid the majority of dental problems. Your Ottawa dentist can only help you when you book an appointment (every six months or so). You’re with your teeth everyday and it’s therefore up to you to take the best care of your teeth as possible! By sticking to the following rules, you’ll not only have a healthier mouth but you’ll also save money and time by not having to visit your Ottawa dentist as much.

 You should be brushing your teeth twice a day (morning and night) and you should be flossing at least once a day. This will enable you to remove any plaque buildup which leads to damaged teeth, gums and even the surrounding bone. You should brush your teeth for about two minutes each time (try to spend about thirty seconds on all four quadrants of your mouth). When flossing, make sure to get right up under the gum line and not just around your tooth. If it hurts a little, that’s okay! It means you’re getting the bad stuff out. The more you floss, the less build up you’ll get and that means less pain in the long run.

Don’t forget to brush your tongue! Many people forget that it’s a major part of your mouth and needs to be cleaned too! You can use a special tongue cleaner or a toothbrush (with softer bristles) in a back and forward motion. Ask your Ottawa dentist to determine which one’s best for you.

Make sure that fluoride is in your toothpaste as it really helps prevent cavities and tooth decay. YourOttawa dentist may recommend a mouthwash that also contains fluoride for extra protection. Make sure your mouthwash doesn’t contain alcohol as this really dries out your mouth and encourages bacteria to grow. Another tip is to buy products that have been approved by the Dental Association to achieve the best results possible.

Also, try to avoid eating lots of sugar as it helps the plaque grow and steer clear of tobacco products as much as possible to avoid cases of gum disease and oral cancer. 

 

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