Oral health care tips from your friendly Vancouver Dentist, Dr. Michael Pauls
Here at our busy Vancouver dental office, we get asked by our patients all the time about ways to keep cavities at bay, freshen breath and achieve better oral health overall. Your oral health is our top priority, so we are happy to offer advice to help you keep your smile as healthy as possible.
1. Remember to floss!
There’s no way around it: good oral health starts with a good oral hygiene routine. This includes brushing and flossing daily. While it may be tempting to skip brushing and flossing here or there, doing so will almost certainly harm your oral health. In fact, it only takes 24 hours for bacteria found in plaque to begin causing decay and gum disease.
2. Treat your mouth as part of your body
Your mouth is a gateway to the rest of your body, but so often we treat it as a separate entity. Your oral health affects your overall health and vice versa. So, when looking at ways to improve your oral health, think of how you can improve your lifestyle in general. Eating a healthy balanced diet can have a positive impact on the health of your gums and teeth. Even exercise can help by lowering your risk of conditions such as diabetes and acid reflux, which can cause oral health problems in the future. Managing stress can also help. During times of stress, many patients reach for vices such as junk food, smoking and alcohol, all of which are detrimental to oral health. Excess stress can also contribute to bruxism, or grinding of the teeth. So eat right, move your body and relax!
Most people just assume that they’re getting enough fluoride through the toothpaste they are using and the water they’re drinking. Actually, the tap water in Metro Vancouver is not fluoridated, which means that if your toothpaste doesn’t have a high enough amount of fluoride, you may not be getting enough of this mineral to ward off decay. Make sure you’re using a
toothpaste approved by the ADA that contains fluoride. If you are prone to cavities, talk to Dr. Pauls about a special toothpaste that has a higher concentration of fluoride.
4. Come see us!
Even if you don’t think you have an oral health problems, it’s important to visit your family dentist regularly. Our friendly Vancouver family dentist has the training, skills and experience to ensure that all your dental health care needs are met. Regular dental appointments for cleanings and checkups help keep your mouth healthy and also prevent small issues from getting worse. If you’re overdue for a cleaning and exam, Dr. Pauls would love to see you!