The Importance of Preventive Dentistry With our Danforth Dentist and Hygienist
Could you be taking better care of your smile?
Preventive dentistry involves the steps we take to keep our mouths healthy and disease-free.
There are many oral health issues that can impact a smile - including enamel wear, tooth decay and cavities, dental chips and fractures, crowding of teeth, gum disease, and gum recession.
When any of these oral problems are left untreated, they only tend to advance and worsen with time - which unfortunately leads to even greater issues that can be quite costly and invasive to treat.
Fortunately, with preventive dentistry, these oral health issues can be avoided.
Here are some simple preventive dentistry guidelines to follow daily to ensure your smile stays as healthy as can be:
- Be sure to brush your teeth in gentle, circular motions at least twice daily for two full minutes each session, ideally AM and PM. Also, it’s recommended to use a fluoridated toothpaste, as this mineral has been proven to aid in cavity prevention with daily use.
Remember to brush or scrape your tongue for bacteria as well, every time you clean!
- Floss your teeth at least once daily in conjunction with your brushing routine.
- Try your best to limit sugary and acidic foods and drinks that are notorious for wearing down tooth enamel, causing decay and leading to cavities.
- Replace your toothbrush or toothbrush head every 3 or so months, or, when the bristles begin to show signs of fraying.
- Avoid biting down on any hard objects, or using the teeth as tools.
- Schedule routine check-ups and cleanings with our dentist and hygienist at 6-9 month intervals, or, sooner whenever necessary.
The routine check-up will help you ensure there aren’t any problems brewing that you may not be aware of - while the cleaning portion will eliminate any hardened bacteria from the teeth’s surfaces, including below the gum line (something that brushing alone is not able to accomplish).
- Take note of any oral changes you may notice in your mouth, which may be an indication that you should see our dentist sooner than later.
Our Danforth dentist and team are here to help you take the best care of your smile
If it’s been longer than 6-9 months since you’ve last had your oral health maintenance visit, then it’s a great time to book another.
Reach out to our team at Danforth Dental Care today! We look forward to seeing you.
We are conveniently located near Greektown on the TTC Danforth Avenue subway line between Greenwood Avenue and Coxwell Avenue.
1411 Danforth Avenue, Toronto, ON M4J 1N2