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Lifestyle Tweaks for Healthier Teeth

Lifestyle Tweaks for Healthier Teeth

Practising good dental health care can sometimes feel like a bit annoying chore. But as they say, it’s better safe than sorry. So, let’s brush up on the dental care basics!

1. Brush up your technique.

Don’t let this make you bristle, but you might be brushing your teeth all wrong. It almost seems too simple, but some people aren’t taught from a young age the proper technique for brushing. And there is a proper method.

According to a study in the British Dental Journal, the Modified Bass Technique is favoured by professional dentists. This involves twisting the brush with the bristles angled slightly upward, rather than flat against your teeth, then brushing in small, circular motions at the gum before sweeping down each tooth of the top row. Reverse this for the bottom row. Give it a go tomorrow morning!

2. Chew the right foods.

So blatant is the connection between a good diet and oral health that it barely seems mentioning. But there are some simple changes you can carry out to make your mouth a better environment for everything bar bad bacteria.

Five Best Foods For Healthier Teeth

Plant-Based Foods That are Great for Oral Health

Sugary food is the obvious unwelcome. But it’s not a simple thing to swerve. The frequency of sugar consumption appears to be much more of an issue than the actual total amount. So sweet treats aren’t necessarily off the menu, as long as the frequency you have them is under control.

3. Wash it all down.

As natural as the development of wrinkles in the skin, teeth tend to yellow and darken with age. This is doubly true if you’ve a penchant for red wine and can’t shake your daily coffee habit. And it’s worse if you’re a smoker.

It’d be ideal to reduce the aforementioned if you can. But good wine and strong coffee are among life’s greatest pleasures. So instead you could try this simple countermeasure: A glass of water taken immediately after something such as your morning coffee can help clear the mouth and reduce staining.

Swill it around your mouth straight away. It’s a simple way to defend against your liquid downtime. No matter your poison.

4. Counter the chemicals.

You don’t need us to tell you that sugary soft drinks are to your teeth what the ocean is to the white cliffs of Dover. But this erosion in your mouth can happen much more quickly. And once your enamel is on its way out, it’s very hard to hold back the tide.

But don’t be fooled by low-sugar alternatives. Avoid drinks containing phosphoric acid, even the sugar-free ones. Phosphoric acid is indeed a strong acid that can chemically chip away at tooth enamel.

And another juicy nutrition headline: Citrus-based juices can be harmful to tooth enamel too, because the naturally occurring acids can lead to a loss of minerals from the teeth. Water them down.

5. Go green in the morning.

As if you needed another reason to rethink your coffee habit, it turns out drinking green tea actually promotes tooth and gum health.

This is via a number of mechanisms, including altering pH and the effect on the function of bacteria in your mouth. It even improves your breath.

In Closing

Little mouth guards like these tips are all well and good, but it’s the fundamental routines that make or break your teeth. First, just make sure you’re brushing properly. Remember to clean your tongue in the morning, particularly after a night of sugary, carbohydrate-rich foods or alcohol.

It’s when you first wake up that your mouth tells you the most. So listen to your body. And make oral healthcare part of your morning routine. You might not notice a change right now. But in time you’ll be smiling about the little changes you made today.


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:

  • Pre-screening all patients for COVID-19 prior to accepting in-person appointments.
  • Checking temperatures of all patients and our clinic members using non-contact forehead infrared thermometers.
  • Requiring all our clinic members wear PPE at the clinic premises.
  • Requesting patients bring their own mask and put on the mask prior to entering the clinic.
  • Providing hand sanitizing stations and following strict hand hygiene protocols.
  • Increasing the frequency of sanitization of high-touch areas and surfaces.
  • Limiting the number of people in the clinic at one time and practicing physical distancing protocols.

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.

Call (604) 987-3545 or write us at to schedule an appointment with a member of our excellent team!

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