Keeping up with your Oral Hygiene
Good teeth are assets, so you want to make sure that you take care of them. After all, if they fall out or get chipped they do not regenerate. Teeth are expensive to replace, which is why taking care of your oral hygiene is important to do starting at a young age. A professional and superior family dentist will teach you how to take care of your teeth at a young age. He or she should also be able to provide you with proper care as you continue through life. Your family dentist is much like a family doctor, providing you with annual checkups and is your gateway to more complex specialties should you need more comprehensive oral care.
You should have a dentist appointment twice a year, to have your teeth cleaned properly by your dental hygienist and to be checked in on by your dentist to make sure there are no troublesome oral concerns. It can be difficult to find a family dentist in Toronto, however there are many new practices welcoming new patients who are very accommodating for those that work.
At any stage in your life you may encounter a dental related emergency. In these cases, you would contact your family dentist who would refer you to the appropriate specialist. Some dental emergencies are unavoidable, however if you take proper oral care you can avoid numerous potential issues. Sometimes root canals are unavoidable, or a chipped tooth can happen by accident, but tartar and plaque build up can be avoided with proper dental care.
Seeing your dentist twice a year for checkups is not adequate to support your oral hygiene. You should be taking pride in your teeth by keeping them healthy every single day. To do so, you need to be doing proper brushing, flossing and rinsing as these things are essential to maintaining your teeth’s health. Sequence is not important for brushing, rinsing and flossing as long as you do these things daily.
Every ninety or so days you should be replacing your tooth brush as the bristles can get worn out making them less efficient at reaching every surface of your tooth. You should be purchasing a soft bristled toothbrush or asking your dentist for one, when you go for your semi-annual checkup. Replacing your toothbrush is important because you want to avoid plaque and tartar buildup, which can lead to inflamed gums, which is called gingivitis.