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Ways to Keep Your Teeth in Good Health

Any family dentist will tell a patient that taking proper care of the teeth begins with the individual. Much of what must be done to maintain good dental health is based on the habits you practice each day. Here are some of the top ways you can keep your teeth and gums in the best of health, and ensure the dentist finds less issues when you go in for your annual exam.

Brush After Every Meal

Most North York family dentists will urge patients to brush after at least two meals per day. Others hold to the older standard of brushing after every meal. As best as you possibly can, shoot for the latter goal.

The point of brushing is to remove any residue from food or drink that could weaken enamel or make the conditions in your mouth more favorable for developing tooth decay. Choosing to brush after every meal removes more residue in a timely manner and improves the odds of avoiding these two serious dental issues.

Learn How to Brush Properly

While brushing is important, make sure you are doing it right. Like so many other areas of life, it’s easy to develop bad habits with brushing. Perhaps you aren’t using the proper amount of tooth paste. Maybe you are not brushing long enough or the brush strokes themselves are less than effective. Instead of assuming that what you do is fine, talk with an expert in family dentistry. A few minor tweaks in how you brush could be the difference between healthy teeth and developing quite a few problems in the years to come.

Be Mindful of Bad Habits That Damage Teeth

Speaking of bad habits, do you find yourself chewing on ice after a meal? Perhaps you aren’t patient enough to allow hard candies to melt in your mouth and end up biting and chewing them. These are only a couple of examples of habits that can do quite a bit of damage. If you don’t break them, the result could be chipped or cracked teeth, a greater risk of tooth decay, and a few other unpleasant situations.

Talk with a professional at the local family dental clinic and get some tips on how to deal with these habits, as well as habits like grinding your teeth. Learning how to break them will mean enjoying health teeth for more years.

Understand the Connection Between Diet and Dental Health

Diet affects every area of the body. That includes your teeth and gums. Learn how to limit foods that are high in processed sugar and provide little in the way of nutrition. At the same time, identify foods that contain many of the nutrients needed to keep your teeth and gums healthy. Those are the foods you want to use as the basis for your meal planning.

See Your Dentist Regularly

While there is much you can do on your own, never assume that seeing a dentist is optional. At the very least, you should go in once a year for a complete dental checkup. Match that with a minimum of one teeth cleaning per year. Between your efforts to care for your teeth and the support that you get from a dental professional, the odds of enjoying excellent dental health are much higher.

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Dear Smile Centre Family,

The recent Ontario government announcement declaring a state of emergency and issuing of a new stay-at-home order has caused some uncertainty. We wanted to let you know that all of our Smile Centre locations are still OPEN.

As dental professionals we have been classified as an essential part of healthcare and will continue to provide both preventive, restorative, and emergency treatment. We will not be providing some elective services such as teeth whitening at this time.

We are grateful to remain open as we know how important it is to stay on top of dental issues before they become major problems. Good oral health is directly related to good overall health. Please know that we are doing everything we can to ensure that we go above and beyond all of the recommended safety protocols to keep you, your loved ones, and our team healthy and safe. That is, and always will be our highest priority. Our strict protocols include: Advanced pre screening, using Hepa air filters, wearing advanced PPE, and limiting the number of people in the office by making virtual consultations available. Our offices have always prided ourselves on being experts when it comes to asepsis and sterilizations protocols and it should be noted that there has been no evidence of COVID spread related to dental offices at this time.

Should you have any questions, or wish to postpone or delay any upcoming appointments, please feel free to reach out. We completely understand that not everyone is comfortable receiving dental treatment at this time and we will do our best to accommodate all of your needs while making sure that you feel safe.

Continuing to follow our enhanced safety guidelines, that we have had in place since June, will help to ensure a safe and comfortable environment for everyone.  Underneath these layers of extra protection, rest assured that we are still the same, caring, attentive providers we have always been!

Thank You for your trust during these uncertain times,

Your Smile Centre