From New Years resolution to mid-year epiphanies, people of all ages are determined to make the right choices, whether it’s about eating, lifestyle habits or their overall health. We’ve all heard people talk about juice cleanses to detox, quitting smoking or exercising more regularly. But one often overlooked part of a healthy lifestyle is great oral health. “A person’s oral health is extremely important,” says Dr. Maryam Adibfar, a leading Toronto dentist. “Often smart and wise decisions about one’s health are closely aligned with their oral health.”
Improving your gums, teeth and smile shouldn’t be complicated or seen as chore. There are easy, fun ways to improve your oral health and give you bright, shiny teeth that will make people take notice.
Here are four easy tips with incredible benefits that you can do today to have great oral health for years to come.
Honing Your Oral Health Habits: Aside from seeing a trusted Toronto dentist for regular exams and cleanings, the best thing you can do for a healthy smile is become an expert in brushing and flossing. By perfecting your twice-daily routine of brushing and flossing, you can keep your teeth healthier for longer. “Speak to your dentist about the proper technique and tricks they employ,” says Dr. Adibfar. “Becoming an expert flossed and brushed will set you up for oral health success.”
Limiting Sugar Intake: It’s no secret that we all have a sweet tooth from time to time. Whether it’s candies, cookies, your favourite iced mocha, dried fruit, cereal or juice, sugars are found everywhere. “To keep your teeth healthy and reduce the chances of cavities, we recommend limiting your sugar consumption as much as possible,” says Dr. Adibfar. “Sugars from some of our most favourite foods can lead to plaque build up and tooth decay.” It’s okay to indulge every once in awhile, but try not to make it a habit. And when you do, be sure to rinse your mouth with water, floss and brush.
Don’t Forget Your H2O: If you’ve made the decision to be healthier, drinking more water is probably part of your plan. But did you know that drinking more water can help your oral health as well? Getting into the habit of drinking water throughout the day will help cleanse your mouth, fight plaque and keep your teeth clean between brushings.
Become Regular: No we don’t mean at your favourite restaurant. By making and maintaining regular visits to your dentist for cleanings and exams, you can improve your chances of having gorgeous teeth. These appointments let your dentist review your teeth and gums for signs of damage, health concerns and any other issues. The earlier they’re identified, the better your chances are. Think of these checkups as a way to keep your oral health on track. It’s like a safety net, even for those who have the best brushing and flossing skills.
A Healthier You
Making the decision to be healthier in general should always include your teeth and gums. It’s a bit part of who you are. Taking extra care of your smile will go along way in also improving your overall health.
Want help in making your oral health a priority? Contact our dental team today to schedule your first or next appointment. We can help make sure the future is bright and healthy. We look forward to seeing you.