With more time spent at home, it is natural for our cravings to get the best of us. Especially with these warmer days many will be tempted to let loose and indulge. However, it is crucial to maintain proper dental care. Here are the 3 things we believe you could do right now to improve your dental care.
#1: Limit Sugar Intake
While it may be nearly impossible to completely stop eating sweets, you can do yourself a huge favour by limiting the frequency that you eat sweets and by controlling which sweets you eat. Your mouth is designed to balance out its pH. However, it can only handle these challenges so many times per day. It is suggested that if you must eat sweets to eat them with your meal, as a dessert, rather than as snacks in between meals. Also, some sweets are worse for your teeth than others. Sticky candies are much more damaging to your teeth than alternatives such as chocolate. Additionally, candies with added acids will only continue to make your mouth environment increasingly acidic, making cavities a greater threat. Finally, avoid eating sweets right before going to bed. Saliva is an integral part of the protection of your teeth, so eating sweets at a time where your mouth will likely be relatively dry elevates your risk of cavities. Your mouth tends to be dry as you are sleeping, so eating meals before going to bed is not recommended. While there’s nothing wrong with treating yourself with some sweets once in a while, it is important to control the amount of sugar in your diet. Stopping your sweet tooth would greatly help the protection of your teeth, and when you do decide to indulge in sweets, make sure you are properly cleaning your teeth afterwards.
#2: Brush Smarter
While many of us are hopefully brushing our teeth at least twice a day, the impacts are not effective without the proper brushing technique. Oftentimes you may be doing more harm than good as plaque and particles are often left behind. If possible, invest in a high-quality soft-bristled toothbrush and always make sure you are brushing in a circular motion for at least 2 minutes every time. Whilst brushing your teeth is an effective way to eliminate plaque build-up in the enamel and in your gums — this plaque often remains present on the surface of your tongue. For this, it is important to avoid brushing pressing too hard and brush using either the back or bristled side of your toothbrush. Avoid brushing right after eating a meal. Be sure you wait at least 30 minutes before brushing your teeth because your enamel is at its softest and most vulnerable by the substances that derive from the food you just consumed. Instead, give your mouth time to remove the acid and sugar, so your enamel can harden.
#3: Schedule Regular Cleanings With Your Dental Practitioner
Dr. Hanan Taraf is an experienced dentist. Her first practice was in Morocco, where she was born and raised. In 2005, she came to Canada, studying at the Université de Montréal where she earned her Canadian DMD Degree, graduating in June of 2010. She’s never stopped learning, however; Dr. Taraf’s dedication to continuing education led her to take further studies so she could offer oral sedation to ensure even the most anxious patients are able to enjoy stress-free treatment. Dr. Taraf is also a graduate from the University of Toronto’s Mini Implant Residency with associate professor Dr. Mark Lin.