We look to educate our patients when it comes to their daily oral health care! Although a dental hygienist mission is to clean and care for your teeth to the best of their ability, that's only half of the work! The other half depends on you, or as we like to call it "patient participation". Brushing twice a day and flossing at least once a day are the just two of the many ways you can play a huge role in maintaining good dental health!
*(Did you know that having a healthy dietary nutrition can go a long way when it comes to your teeth? Eating a good balanced diet that is rich in nutrients and low and sugar is great for your oral health and general health. If you do happen to have a sweet tooth, try brushing & flossing right afterwards. If you happen to not have a toothbrush or dental floss handy try rinsing your mouth with water. Eating fibrous foods or chewing sugarless gums are other good alternatives (convenient as these tools are they should never be used as a replacement for regular brushing and flossing!)
Did you know that "the average Canadian teenage boy consumes 138 pounds of sugar per year", whereas "the average Canadian eats an astounding 88 pounds of sugar per year". The source for most of that sugar consumed is primarily through soft drinks!!
Failure to participate healthy oral health habits on a daily basis can lead to tooth decay and even periodontal disease (gum disease) overtime. This is why brushing and flossing regularly is crucial in preventing periodontal disease from spreading; thus the dental term PREVENTATIVE CARE.
Daily brushing and flossing + good nutrition + regular hygiene appointments (every 6 months)
TEACHING YOUR KIDS!
Be a role model! Setting good oral hygiene habits at an early age is everything! Brushing your teeth with your kids is not only a nice bonding experience, you're also setting important oral hygiene habits at an early age!
(Way to go, Mom & Dad!) :D
But oral hygiene is about much more than just cleaning. They give us an opportunity for us to tell you if you are brushing and flossing correctly, and examine your teeth and gums for potential problems. If your teeth require restorative work, it's important we find out as soon as possible in order to prevent the decay from spreading. It's also important to have your gums inspected, because periodontal disease (gum disease) can lead to serious health problems — including heart attacks. Periodontal disease (gum disease) is a chronic bacterial infection that affects the gums and bone supporting your teeth.
Regular oral hygiene visits with the Urban Oasis Dental team allow us to spot problems and take action immediately — preventing the issues from getting worse.
We want to see lots of clean teeth in Calgary, so contact Urban Oasis Dental today to schedule an oral hygiene visit today, or to learn more about our oral care program.
STEPS TO TAKE AT HOME!
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We recommend Sonicare Electric Toothbrushes available for sale at our office as well as mouthwash solution, and more when you pay at check out!
"What's in YOUR Lunchbox?"
Just like healthy diet benefits the entire body, did you know that good nutrition can do wonders for your oral health as well? Your teeth strive with a diet rich in nutrients such as (vegetables and calcium for strength?)
Sugar is the main culprit for poor oral health. If you have a sweet tooth and are more prone to have a diet rich in sugar, without proper oral hygiene or regular visits to your hygienist, chances are you'll end up with a host or oral health concerns like cavities! If you are going to indulge in those sweets, make sure to brush and floss right afterwards! If you do not have your toothbrush handy, try rinsing your mouth with water or chewing on fibrous fruits and veggies (yes, an apple can indeed go a long way!)
5 EASY STEPS!
to optimal Oral Health
See your dentist regularly.
Keep your mouth clean.
Eat, drink, but be wary.
Check your mouth regularly.
Avoid all tobacco products.