At Sorin Boeriu & Associates – Kitchener Dentist Office, we’re committed to helping you live your best life-and this includes having perfect oral health. In the event you are looking to make some big changes in the area of your oral health, we’ve got you covered. Gum disease, otherwise called periodontal disease, affects huge numbers of persons across the entire world. There are several causes of gum disease, but a lot of them start out with dental hygiene. Ensuring your dental hygiene is at par with recommended standards is the first step towards encouraging better gum health in 2019. We put together some suggestions on simple steps you can take to avoid gum disease in 2019.
Better Dental Tools Prevent Gum Disease
Without a doubt, you’ve bought toothpaste and toothbrushes countless times. More often than not, this is a purchase you have made without much thought. We recommend going for toothbrushes that have soft bristles, as these clean your teeth and gums without causing damage. When purchasing toothpaste, look out for a CDA seal. CDA stands for Canadian Dental Association. When a toothpaste has a CDA seal of approval, it means it’s been tested and found to match standards. If you are finding it really hard to pick a toothpaste, our dentist can recommend some options for you
Brush your teeth twice daily for three minutes
Brush your teeth twice a day for three minutes. You do not have to set a timer for this. The idea here is to set aside enough time to pay attention to your teeth. Most people will quickly brush their teeth in under a minute. This probably means they do not get all the areas as required. Clean all surfaces of your teeth, and in between your teeth. Clean your tongue as well. A lot of bacteria grows on the tongue if it is not cleaned properly. If you wear braces or Invisalign, brush your teeth every time after eating, drinking or snacking on something.
Flossing is important too
Brushing your teeth twice per day is important, but flossing is essential as well. It is important to floss at least at one time a day. Flossing helps to remove the food debris and plaque between your teeth before it can harden to tartar. Tartar is bad for your teeth and causes infections and decay. You can floss at any time of the day. Most people like to floss just before bed.
Use mouthwash when necessary
Dentists have yet to agree on the number of times you should use mouthwash in a day. There really isn’t a limit or a minimum threshold you need to meet. That being said, it is advisable to use mouthwash as and when you may require, and in moderation. Mouthwash helps to kill bacteria residing in your mouth, and freshens your mouth and breath as well. Mouthwash is not a substitute for brushing or flossing. However, if you find yourself in a situation where you cannot brush your teeth for whatever reason (e.g. stuck on a desert island) then you can use mouthwash as a temporary alternative.
Keep away from the sugary stuff…or enjoy in moderation
Everyone loves candy. At the very least, most people do. If you have a sweet tooth, learn to tame it so that you can enjoy a lifetime of healthy teeth and gums. Sugar is extremely bad for your teeth, especially when coupled with poor dental hygiene habits. If you must enjoy the occasional sweet, ensure you follow this up with thorough brushing. This way, there will be no sugar left in your mouth, and in between your teeth, for bacteria to feast on.
Get a Gum Disease Consultation Today
Your personal oral hygiene is crucial in ensuring your dental well-being. That being said, you should get checked by your dentist at least twice per year. This way, your dentist can keep tabs on your gum health and begin treatment at the onset of the disease, if any. Our dentists at Sorin Boeriu & Associates can recommend ways to stay healthy, and treatment options for those who are already battling gum disease. We can restore your bone and tissue to avoid total bone and tissue loss. We also offer dental x-rays, surgical cleaning and tooth extraction, and bone and tissue grafting.
To learn more about our dental and orthodontic services, give us a call at (519) 578-7830.