5 steps to good oral health

Smiling coupleHaving healthy teeth and healthy gums is simple once you know what to do. Avoid oral problems and unwanted disease by following these 5 steps:

Practice Good Oral Hygiene
Brush your teeth and tongue at least twice a day using a soft-bristle toothbrush. Use preferably fluoride toothpaste to remove plaque and bacteria. Also floss every day to remove the remaining plaque around the gums and in between the teeth to prevent tooth decay and gum disease.

Eat a balanced diet
Avoid excess sugar because tooth decay causing bacteria use sugar to start cavities. Avoid sweet drinks, especially soft drinks and energy drinks. Eat fruits instead of drinking fruit juices. A healthy diet promotes wellness and good oral health.

See your dentist regularly
Regular checkups with your dentist, preferably every six months, help to stop small problems from worsening. Regular cleanings also prevent tooth decay and gum disease.

Don’t smoke or chew tobacco
Tobacco causes gum disease and eventually tooth loss. Smoking can also lead to deadly diseases such as oral cancer.

Check regularly for warning signs
Gum disease is a serious illness that leads to tooth loss. The warning signs are bad breath and red, puffy and sore bleeding gums. Oral cancer’s warning signs include inexplicable bleeding, open sores, white or red patches, numbness or tingling, and small lumps and thickening on the sides or bottom of your tongue, the floor or roof of your mouth, the inside of your cheeks or on your gums. If these signs become visible in your mouth and don’t disappear after two weeks, you should report them quickly to your dentist.

See Also: Studio Dentaire
Source: Globe and Mail
In French: 5 étapes pour une bonne santé bucco-dentaire

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