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Modern dental hygiene goes beyond just brushing twice a day.
First and foremost, replace the toothbrush! At least replace it every three to four months, says the American Dental Association’s recommendation.
And beyond brushing the old-fashioned way, we have five helpful tips that could improve your oral health.
1. Try Electric Toothbrush
Some people brush too hard. Some people don’t brush enough. And neither are good. Brushing too hard can actually scrub away tooth enamel. The electric toothbrushes are able to make it easier for everyone to brush in the right way, but you’ve gotta allow the toothbrush to do its thing. The electric toothbrush moves on its own, so you should try to be gentle with it to allow the bristles to work. We recommend just a gentle side-to-side motion across your teeth without applying any pressure. Your dentist will be able to tell you if you’re trying to do too much yourself.
2. Make Flossing Effortless
If flossing your teeth is one of those shoulda-wouldas that have never become routine, maybe you need some help. Flossing aids like floss picks can make the process a lot easier for some people. It’s difficult to get to the back of you mouth sometimes, and in order to floss correctly, make sure you’re getting between the teeth gently, making a c-shape around each tooth, and reaching the backs of the last teeth.
3. Take a Toothbrush to Go
In real life settings, most of us don’t have time to brush after each meal. That’s why twice a day became the standard recommendation. But with on-the-go-friendly toothbrushes, freshening up before that post-lunch meeting is easy. Some of the lip gloss-size brushes even come loaded with a dab of breath freshener and a soft pick on one end for unsticking stubborn food particles.
4. Drink Up
If you can do just one thing, drink more water. Drinking as much water as possible allows you to flush bacteria and food out of your mouth. Water has a pH of 7, so it helps neutralize the environment in your mouth as well. Since it’s the acid that the sugar-eating bacteria create that causes cavities in the first place, the simplest thing you can do for your dental health is drink more H2O.
5. Chew Sugar-Free Gum
Chewing gum stimulates saliva production, which flushes food and bacteria from the surface of the teeth. And research shows the right kind of gum could be even better for your teeth. You want to go with sugar-free for obvious reasons. And if you must insist on sweetness, look especially for xylitol, a sugar alcohol that is used as a sugar substitute in candy and gum. This sweetener doesn’t attract bacteria like sugar, but actually fights it.
Keeping Our Patients Safe During This Unprecedented Time:
Under the guidance of the BC Provincial Health, the College of Dental Surgeons of BC and the BC Dental Association, we have implemented strict new clinic standards and safety measures in order to help protect our patients and staff, which include:
The health & safety of our patients has always been our top priority. We encourage everyone to stay safe and to follow the directions of Health Canada and your local health authorities.
If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us! Great thanks for your understanding and support!
Contact Family Care Dental Clinic for your consultation today!
Located in the heart of North Vancouver, BC, Family Care Dental Clinic is a group of passionate dentists and dental experts who are committed to providing patients with exceptional dental care in a modern and relaxing environment. We at Family Care Dental Clinic offer our clients a wide range of comprehensive dental services for the whole family.
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