Preventive Dentistry Tips – Toronto
For this reason, Dr. Sol Weiss and his highly trained team of dental experts provides their patients with preventive dentistry tips from their first appointment at their Toronto dental practice onward. Patient education is fundamental to the dental experience at The Art of Dentistry; it is part of what distinguishes our practice from others in the region.
We invite you to read the following preventive dentistry tips, which represent just a few of the helpful strategies that we can provide you with as a patient of The Art of Dentistry. For further preventive dentistry tips, schedule your initial appointment with acclaimed general, restorative, and cosmetic dentist Sol Weiss today.
Top Five Preventive Dentistry Tips
Here are the top five preventive dentistry tips you can incorporate into your oral hygiene regimen:
- Practice makes perfect when it comes to brushing your teeth. In order to get your teeth their cleanest, optimal brushing technique is everything. Be sure to hold your toothbrush at a slight angle so that the bristles are facing your gum line. Use gentle back-and-forth motions to clean all surfaces of each tooth. This includes the front and back surfaces, as well as the chewing surfaces. And take special note of the word “gentle” – using aggressive force in brushing your teeth can cause damage to the enamel that protects them from harm.
- Do not cover your toothbrush between uses. You may be tempted to keep your toothbrush in your medicine cabinet or in an airtight container to keep it clean between uses. Don’t. Doing so will promote the growth of bacteria on the toothbrush. Rather, let it air-dry between uses.
- Chewing gum is an excellent habit. Assuming that your teeth are strong and healthy, chewing sugar-free gum in addition to brushing, flossing, and rinsing your mouth with an antibacterial mouthwash is an excellent idea. Chewing gum can help to dislodge food particles and bacteria from your teeth and promote the production of saliva, which helps to neutralize acid.
- Avoid toothpicks. If you get food stuck between your teeth, don’t reach for a toothpick, even though you may be tempted to, especially in a restaurant. Wait until you are able to use floss or an oral irrigator, also known as a water pick. Toothpicks can cause harm to your gums.
- Change your toothbrush regularly. Many people who brush and floss at least twice a day don’t realize how important it is to replace their toothbrushes at least three to four times a year. Brushing your teeth with a badly worn toothbrush is only a few steps above failing to brush your teeth. If the bristles at the sides of your toothbrush are bent back, they’re not coming into contact with your teeth, right? So how could such a toothbrush be doing your teeth any good? A good rule of thumb is to replace your toothbrush every four months or at the first sign that the bristles are becoming frayed.
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