April is National Oral Health Month, an effort from the Canadian Dental Health Association (CDHA) to raise awareness of common oral health concerns and preventative measures that can help keep your teeth and gums healthy for life. One of the simplest of these measures is routine cleanings and examinations. If it has been longer than six months since your last visit, give us a call to schedule your next appointment right away.
Common oral health concerns include:
- Tooth Decay
- Root Canal Infection
- Tooth Trauma
- Gum Disease
Some of these, such as bruxism, may require lifestyle changes in addition to dental treatment. Health issues, like cavities, tooth infections, and gum disease can often be prevented through proper oral care.
Optimal Oral Care
Oral care starts with the foods and beverages you consume. For peak oral health, reduce or eliminate added sugars, simple carbohydrates, and artificial colors. If you do consume sugary food or beverages, be sure to drink water immediately afterward and brush your teeth within 30 minutes to help reduce damage.
Tobacco use increases risks for oral cancer by as much as six times. Smokers are also five times more likely to develop gum disease and twice as likely to need a root canal. This is to say nothing of the tenacious and often lifelong staining caused by nicotine. If you are a smoker, the only way to preserve your smile is to quit.
How Often Should I Brush My Teeth?
It is important to brush your teeth at least twice a day. It is good to brush your teeth after every meal. It is optimal to brush your teeth in the morning, after every meal and snack, and before you go to bed.
Use a soft-bristle toothbrush to prevent damaging enamel. If you have restorations, avoid activated charcoal, baking soda, and similar abrasive ingredients. If you’ve eaten something acidic, wait 30 minutes before brushing your teeth.
Contact Us for an Appointment
The CDHA recommends visiting the dentist every three, six, or nine months depending on your particular needs. These visits allow us to detect early signs of oral health issues and to provide treatment before they become serious problems. Give us a call at 403-208-9965 to schedule your next visit to our Calgary office today.