5 Steps to Good Oral Care

In our last blog post, we mention 5 important steps to good oral care. In this post, we’d like to expand on those 5 steps for optimal oral health:

 

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Keeping your mouth clean:

The first step to good oral hygiene is the most obvious, and effective – keeping your mouth clean. This involves properly brushing your teeth at least twice a day, and flossing one a day as well.

While these may seem like basic tips, they are also the most important.

Eating healthy foods:

Avoiding sugary snacks and keeping a variety of fruits and vegetables in your diet are very important for your oral health. Not only can they help clean your teeth,  but they can help restore tooth enamel, keep gums healthy, and lower your risk of tooth decay.

Checking your mouth regularly:

This step is often overlooked, but we should be checking our mouths for unusual things regularly. Get to know what your mouth looks like, and then when something appears new or discoloured, you’ll know to visit your dental professional right away.

Avoiding tobacco products:

Smoking and chewing tobacco are your mouths’ worst enemy, so avoid both completely. Not only do they discolour your teeth and gums, but they can also cause different cancers within your mouth.
Seeing your dental professional regularly:

Regular cleanings and check-ups twice a year are very important – if you’re due for a dental visit, call to book an appointment (647) 839-1374.

The Importance of Oral Health

We all know that our oral health is extremely important.  But do you ever wonder why?

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The fact is, a healthy mouth is a very important part of a healthy body. Poor oral health can negatively affect a person’s quality of life. Oral pain, missing teeth, or oral infections can influence the way we eat, speak, and socialize. These problems can ultimately affect our physical, mental, and social well-being.

Oral disease, much like other diseases, need to be treated immediately. A chronic infection, including one in the mouth, is a serious problem that should not be ignored. And yet, bleeding or tender gums are often overlooked.

Research has shown there is an association between oral disease and other health problems such as diabetes, heart disease and stroke, and respiratory illness in older adults.  Periodontal (gum) disease is one of the most common human diseases – the signs may include bleeding or swollen gums. It’s an infectious condition that can result in the destruction of gum tissue and bone. If left untreated, the bacteria that causes gum disease may travel through the blood stream increasing the chance of heart disease, stroke, respiratory diseases and pregnancy complications.

The link between oral infections and other diseases in the body is becoming well-documented and accepted within the health care community. It underscores the importance of good oral hygiene and the role dental hygienists play in preventing oral disease.

Important steps to good oral health are:

Keeping your mouth clean
Eating healthy foods
Checking your mouth regularly
Avoiding tobacco products
Seeing your dental professional regularly

Dental hygienists help you prevent gum disease and tooth decay- the allow you to attain and maintain oral health, making an important contribution to your overall full-body health.

In the next blog, we’ll expand on the 5 Steps To Good Oral Care.

References:  CDA, ODHA

Our new blog!

Welcome to our brand new blog! Here we will be posting tips and useful information about oral hygiene, as well as news and promotions about our office.

But to start off, we thought a brief introduction and some general info about office would be helpful:

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Anaida Deti, owner of Anaida Dental Hygiene

Anaida Dental Hygiene is a dental hygiene office located in Toronto, ON.  Since September 2007, the public in Ontario has the choice to receive dental hygiene services without having to see a dentist,  as dental hygienists are the primary providers of preventive oral care.  And so, we are able to offer a full range of dental services to care for your oral health. From cleaning to teeth whitening, we have your oral care covered.

For more information, visit our website. You can also find us on Twitter and Facebook.

If you have any topics you’d like us to blog about, feel free to leave suggestions in the comments.

Stay tuned!