It has been proven over the years that there are tons of benefits to having regular habits and staying on a scheduled routine. And this powerful message becomes more important on a time like this.
We are faced with an unusual situation that distances us from our usual routine and rhythm of life. Suddenly we find ourselves at home having to deal with a situation of isolation day after day within the same space, something that may be tedious and somewhat chaotic if not managed properly.
Health and Well-Being habits in times of confinement as well as sticking to a routine, an existing or a new one, will give you a sense of control and familiarity in a world where both are a bit foreign. This will help us to better cope with this state.
That’s why now it’s more important than ever to do what you can to stay healthy. For these reasons [email protected] wanted to contribute with tips for your oral hygiene:
- Brush your teeth twice a day. When you brush, don’t rush. Take about two minutes to do a thorough job. Make sure to brush the outside, inside and chewing surfaces of your teeth, as well as your tongue.
- Practice good technique. Brush your teeth properly, using the proper brushing technique and make sure to brush enough: https://bit.ly/2yzAYms
- Use the proper equipment. Use a fluoride toothpaste and a soft-bristled toothbrush that fits your mouth comfortably. Consider using an electric or battery-operated toothbrush, which can reduce plaque and a mild form of gum disease (gingivitis).
- These devices are also helpful if you have arthritis or other problems that make it difficult to brush effectively.
- Keep your equipment clean. Always rinse your toothbrush with water after brushing. Store it in an upright position and allow it to air-dry until using it again. Try to keep it separate from other toothbrushes in the same holder to prevent cross-contamination (COVID-19!).
- Remember to floss! Proper flossing removes plaque and food particles in places where a toothbrush cannot easily reach — under the gumline and between your teeth. Don’t skimp. Be gentle. Take it one tooth at a time. As long as you do a thorough job, it doesn’t matter if you brush or floss first: https://youtu.be/oiukqIM0cD8
- Hydrate often. This one is important now more than ever. Drink plenty of plain water (preferably fluoridated tap water). This is the best way to stay hydrated and improve your dental health. Not only will water add fluids to your body in a healthy way, but the fluoride can also protect your teeth and reduce cavity development.
- In addition to daily brushing and flossing, consider using a mouthwash containing fluoride to promote oral health.
- Lastly, resist the temptation to use toothpicks or other objects that could injure your gums and let in bacteria. If you smoke, try to quit. Using tobacco increases your risk of many diseases, including gum disease and tooth loss.
Please make sure to contact us if you notice any signs or symptoms that could suggest oral health problems, such as:
• Red, tender or swollen gums
• Gums that bleed when you brush or floss
• Gums that begin pulling away from your teeth
• Loose permanent teeth
• Unusual sensitivity to hot and cold
• Persistent bad breath or an unusual taste in your mouth
• Painful chewing
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.