If you are looking to turn the way you live around and exercise more wholesome habits in 2019, your oral health is a good place to get started.  Maintaining good oral hygiene is a resolution that needs to be on every individual’s to-do list.  Your teeth are a priceless asset and ensuring they remain that way is vital to your enjoyment of everyday life.  The same holds for the gums.  Gum disease, otherwise known as periodontitis, is more prevalent than we’d want it to be.  Luckily for you, our team at Guelph Royal Dental Centre – Your Guelph Dentist has put together some tips and tricks that you can use to fight gum disease in 2019.

A key point to consider is that gum disease sprouts from poor dental hygiene.  You could be brushing your teeth-but perhaps not well enough.  Or you could be brushing your teeth correctly without flossing as required.  In any event, you’re very likely to end up with gum disorder.  These tried and tested tips look simple, however they work wonders so far as keeping gum disease at bay:

Choose a simple, safe and efficient toothbrush and toothpaste

The average adult who clinics basic oral hygiene will buy a couple of hundred toothbrushes in the course of their life, usually with very little thought given to the procedure.  The next time you are buying toothbrushes, we recommend taking a careful look at these products you’re getting.  Go for toothbrushes who have soft to medium bristles.  Anything harder than that may damage your gums.  As for toothpaste, look out for a Canadian Dental Association seal.  This seal is the sign of assurance that the toothpaste was analyzed by the CDA and found to fulfill standards.

Brush your teeth twice a day

This is how often you should brush your teeth.  With your toothbrush and CDA-approved toothpaste, brush across all the surfaces of your teeth and along your gum for three minutes.  Brush your tongue as well as bacteria will more often than not be hiding there.  Get each of the hard-to-reach areas and remove all of the debris and bacteria, which if left to fester will cause decay and infection.  If you wear braces, then we recommend cleaning your teeth after each meal (including snacks) and drinks.

Brush, and Floss

Brushing your teeth twice each day is important but not quite adequate.  In addition you have to floss your teeth at least once each day.  Flossing helps to ensure any food particles stuck between your teeth have been all removed.  Food debris and particles caught between your teeth can liquefy to tartar. As with the toothpaste, go for a flossing product that’s CDA-approved.

Mouthwash is Key

Mouthwash is useful when you want to freshen your mouth.  In addition, it kills the bacteria that may have survived after you brushed your teeth.  Mouthwash isn’t a substitute for brushing.  There really does not exist a recommendation about how many times each day you ought to make use of a mouthwash.  The guideline here is to use it as you need it. If you are overwhelmed by the amount of products in the market, our dentist will help you make a choice.  If you experience dry mouth, then our dentist can assist with choosing a mouthwash that makes this better as well.

Stay away from sugary stuff!

Sweets, chocolate, soft drinks and cake are nice and tempting but if you’d like good gum health (and overall dental health), you are going to need to cut down on your intake levels.  Snacking on candy daily is awful for the gums and teeth.  As you are snacking, then the bacteria in the mouth are snacking as well.   A little known fact to remember is that using a can of soda at once is healthier than sipping from the can all day.  Limit your teeth exposure time to candy things and you’ll be grinning all of the way to good gums bank.

Bonus Tip: Visit Us at Guelph Royal Dental Centre

Your 6-month along with 12-month dental checkups are critical in identifying oral health conditions at their onset.  Our dentists can give you regular x-rays and dental cleanings thus keeping you one step ahead of gum disorder.  In the event that you already have gum disorder, we will start you on treatment path.  We provide you a variety of dental treatments including surgical cleanings, tooth extraction, and also bone and tissue regeneration ensuring you are back to optimum oral wellness.

Give us a call today at (519) 837-1870 and let us get you started on a healthy year!