A wide range of dental conditions can be caused from poor oral hygiene, such as tooth decay or gum disease. Tooth decay is caused by harmful bacteria that are left over from the sugars in food. Gum disease is often caused from debris getting caught in the crevices. Both of these conditions can be prevented with effective care of your teeth and gums.
The most important way you can care for your smile is through regular brushing and flossing of your teeth. Your dentist can provide you with additional information on what products are best for your specific situation. Research recommends brushing your teeth at least twice a day and flossing at least once a day. It is most beneficial to use a fluoride toothpaste that helps to add additional strength and protection to the tooth’s enamel. We also recommend waiting to brush your teeth until at least half an hour after you eat. The acids from the sugar can be damaging to your enamel.
In addition to regularly cleaning your teeth, a healthy diet of fruits and vegetables help to keep your smile clean and strong. Avoiding an excess of sugary or acidic foods can help to lower your risk of decay.
Regular dental exams and cleanings are an essential way to keep up with your oral hygiene. Are you due for your biannual appointment in Calgary? If so, we encourage you to contact our team at Richmond Dental today to set up your next appointment.