We can all agree that smiling is one of the first things we notice about someone. Unfortunately, many people over the age of 65 have missing or lost teeth due to improper care throughout their life. Our smile plays a big role in our appearance, and insecurities with your teeth, no matter what your age is, can have a negative affect on your health and self-esteem. Fortunately, there’s a simple secret to keeping your healthy teeth for life!
That’s right, the secret to keeping your teeth healthy for life is brushing and flossing. Your dentist probably stresses these practices at every dentist appointment, but do you actually do it daily? Flossing can be time consuming, and even a bit painful for those who have swollen gums, so people often times choose to neglect it. Brushing often is a great practice, but your toothbrush can’t reach all of the crevices that floss can!
It’s recommended that you brush your teeth at least twice a day. Some people tend to rush when brushing their teeth, but the most important part about it is taking your time. This ensures that you’re getting all of the bacteria and plaque on the surface of your teeth! Spend at least 30 seconds on each side of the mouth – the left, the right, and the front of the mouth on the top and bottom should all get a thorough brushing. If timing is difficult for you to keep track of, some electric toothbrushes have timers, and may be a better option for you.
You should be flossing at least once a day. Flossing is just as important as brushing your teeth, as it gets rid of bacteria and plaque that your toothbrush can’t reach. Just like brushing, floss should be done thoroughly; therefore it should not be rushed. Remember, flossing can help your dental health as well as your general health. Don’t neglect it!
Not a fan of the traditional way of flossing? There are many alternatives that may suit you better than the typical mint-flavoured string. Here are some different options you can try:
With these options available, you have no excuse to disregard flossing!
Failing to brush and floss your teeth can lead to an array of oral health issues, which can cause discomfort, pain, and tooth loss! By simply brushing and flossing your teeth regularly, you are preventing:
At Oakville Place Dental Office, we believe that oral health plays a big role in your overall health. We offer a range of oral health services from routine check-ups and regular cleanings, to more comprehensive care such as fillings, wisdom teeth removal, cosmetic care, and root canals. We are dedicated to ensuring your teeth are healthy for life! Contact us today to book an appointment.