7 Tips for Keeping Your Mouth Healthy
Most people in NW Calgary know that routine check-ups at the dentist are important. But did you know that taking good care of your teeth and gums is an important part of maintaining your overall health too? Poor oral health is associated with major chronic diseases, such as cancer and heart disease. It can also cause complications with diabetes and contribute to low self-esteem.
Your Guide to a Healthier Mouth
- Brush at least twice a day. Preferably after breakfast, lunch and dinner for 2-minutes each time. Brushing helps prevent cavities, tartar buildup and helps remove plaque.
- Flossing the teeth you want to keep! Brushing only removes half the nasty stuff on your teeth. Floss is the only thing that can attack the other half. No matter how often you brush or how fancy your toothbrush is, you need to floss once a day to keep your teeth healthy.
- Leave the sugar in the jar. Starchy and sugary foods stick to your teeth, promoting harmful oral bacteria. Choose snacks that are fibrous such as apples, pears, and celery. Also, foods that coat the teeth such as aged cheeses or dark chocolate help prevent oral disease – and offer a little indulgence too.
- Be careful what you drink. Black coffee and tea are best. Milk and sugar coat the teeth which are easily digestible by oral bacteria. This raises the acidity level in your mouth and the likelihood of getting cavities. Also, avoid acidic beverages such as pop, juice, energy and sports drinks. Heavy alcohol use is linked to mouth, throat and tongue cancer, especially when combined with smoking.
- Quit smoking. Not only does smoking increase your risk of oral and other types of cancer, but it also raises your risk of gum disease, oral fungus infections, and cavities. If that’s not bad enough, it also stains your teeth, and it causes bad breath.
- Stimulate saliva production. Saliva naturally cleanses the mouth, but many prescription medicines cause a condition known as xerostomia (dry mouth). That means a higher risk of developing cavities, gingivitis, and periodontal disease. Chewing sugarless gum or sucking on sour sugarless candies helps stimulate saliva production.
- All ages matter. Children should visit a dentist in Calgary NW for a first-time check up by age 3 unless you suspect something earlier and parents should help them brush until they are coordinated enough to tie their shoes (six or seven). We suggest a visit at age 2 beforehand to get acquainted with the clinic so the first check-up goes smoothly. Another suggestion is to bring younger siblings in during other appointments to get a feel for the clinic. Tooth decay and gum disease are more likely as we age, so it’s important for seniors to continue seeing their dentist regularly.
Finding a Dentist in Calgary NW
If you’re looking for a Panorama Hills dentist, Panatella Dental offers a wide range of dentistry services for the whole family. Book your appointment today!