What Can I do To Prevent Dental Problems?

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What Can I Do to Prevent Dental Problems?

They say, “nothing you wear is more important than your smile.” A great smile is rememberable. It shows confidence, happiness, and fun. However, it does take a little work to keep it that way. Luckily, we provided some daily tips to help keep your teeth healthy and help you prevent dental problems. Talk to us, we are Dr. Serene Yu Dentistry, Nepean’s family dental office.

Brushing your teeth is important. It helps to wash away germs and bacteria that can cause tooth decay and gum disease. The Canadian Dental Association recommends you should brush your teeth at least twice a day, for two minutes each time. Use a soft bristle toothbrush, and brush both your teeth and tongue.  For added germ-fighting protection, use a toothpaste with fluoride.

Make sure you brush every morning. Plaque builds up overnight causing bacteria that leads to bad breath. If you have a cup of coffee in the morning, wait at least 30 minutes to brush your teeth. Because of how acidic coffee is, it could cause a lot of damage to your teeth if you brush too soon.

You should also add flossing to your daily routine. Flossing helps remove food and buildup between the teeth and along the gum line that brushing misses.

Can Certain Foods Cause Dental Problems?

Certain foods you eat, whether or not you are a daily brusher/flosser, can break down the enamel, cause tooth decay, and other serious dental problems. Sugary beverages like soda cause acid in your mouth that break down your teeth’s enamel. When the enamel begins to break down, your teeth are more prone to decay. It is best to avoid soda, even diet soda.

Candy also isn’t the best choice if your goal is a healthy mouth. We aren’t saying to avoid it at all costs, but if you want to indulge once in a while, choose your candy wisely.

Sticky and chewy candy like gummies, dried fruit, and suckers. Because it takes a while to eat these candies, they tend to stick to your teeth much longer, giving the acid and bacteria from the sugar more time to do its damage.

Can You Take Too Good of Care of Your Teeth?

Brushing more than 4 times per day can hurt your teeth

Yes! It may sound silly but, you actually can overbrush your teeth. Brushing too many times a day or for longer than 4 minutes at a time, could begin to wear down the enamel of your teeth. 

As mentioned earlier, this makes your teeth more prone to tooth decay and other problems.

In addition to brushing too much, you also want to avoid brushing too hard. You can damage the enamel of your teeth or your gums. If you damage your gums, the tissue around your teeth can become weak, allowing bacteria to get into your teeth.

At Dr. Yu Dentistry in Nepean, Ottawa, our skilled dental hygienists are dedicated to safeguarding your oral health, playing a pivotal role in preventing gum disease and tooth decay. Collaborating closely with you, they ensure your mouth stays healthy, significantly contributing to your overall well-being and health.

Taking good care of your teeth can help avoid future dental problems. Brushing twice a day, flossing, and avoiding high sugar foods and beverages, visiting your dentist for scheduled oral hygiene care at least twice a year or as recommended by your dentist,  can all contribute to keeping your teeth healthy and your smile vibrant. Should you need to consider dental restorations, please click here.

Looking for a Trusted Nepean Family Dental office? If you need an exam or have questions about proper dental hygiene, schedule an appointment with Dr. Serene Yu Dentistry. Call us now at (613) 225-6550

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