As your dentist, I view myself as a member of your personal oral health team. The most important factor in your success of having no cavities and healthy gums is how well you practice good oral care at home.
Here are the pillars of oral health:
* Brushing and Flossing: Brushing your teeth twice a day with a CDA accepted fluoride toothpaste and flossing your teeth once a day is essential. Patients often say that they just don't have time to floss. You can floss your teeth at any point in the day. Flossing is easier than ever thanks to the variety of flossing products, such as inter-dental cleaners, floss picks, and power flossers. These healthy habits are worth incorporating into your daily life.
* You Matter- Nutrition Matters: Your choice of foods and beverages is another key to good oral health. Eat a balanced diet and limit between-meal snacks. A steady diet of sugary foods and drinks, including sports drinks, can ruin teeth, especially among those who snack throughout the day. Sugar mixes with the bacteria in your mouth to produce acid. This acid attacks the enamel on your teeth for up to 20 minutes. When sugar is consumed regularly, the harmful effect on teeth can be dramatic. Once a tooth decays, the enamel does not grow back. The only option when decay occurs is to see me to have the tooth treated.
* Stop Smoking! Smoking or using tobacco in any form also damages your oral health. Not only does smoking and chewing tobacco place you at higher risk for cancer and other life-threatening diseases, but tobacco use can also cause periodontal (gum) disease. If you smoke and you are interested in quitting, we can talk about available treatment options and determine the best course of action for you.
* Regular Preventive Dental Visits: Even if you thoroughly brush and clean between your teeth each day, your teeth need professional cleanings at the dental office. Professional cleaning helps remove stains, plaque, and tartar from your teeth to keep your smile bright. It also helps prevent periodontal (gum) disease. Early detection of oral health changes help to stop issues before they become problems.
By taking care of your teeth, eating a balanced diet and having regular dental visits, you can have healthy teeth and an attractive smile for life. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us at 416-922-6848.
Dr. Michael Bulger