If you’re looking to turn your lifestyle around and practice more wholesome habits in 2019, your oral health is a good place to start. Maintaining good oral hygiene is a resolution that should be on every person’s resolutions list. Your teeth are a priceless asset and ensuring they remain that way is key to your enjoyment of life. The same holds for your gums. Gum disease, otherwise known as periodontitis, is more prevalent than we’d want it to be. Fortunately for you, we have some sure tips that you can use to fight gum disease in 2019.

A key thing to remember is that gum disease sprouts from poor oral hygiene. You might be brushing your teeth-but not well enough. Or you could be brushing your teeth properly without flossing as required. Either way, you’re likely to end up with gum disease. These tried and tested tips look simple, but they work wonders as far as keeping gum disease at bay:

Back to Basics: A good toothpaste and a good toothbrush are your secret weapons

The average adult who practices basic oral hygiene will buy a couple hundred toothbrushes in their lifetime, often with little thought given to the process. Next time you’re buying toothbrushes, we recommend taking a careful look at the products you are getting. Opt for toothbrushes that have soft to medium bristles. Anything harder than that will hurt your gums. As for toothpaste, look out for a Canadian Dental Association seal. This seal is the mark of assurance that the toothpaste has been tested by the CDA and found to meet requisite standards.

Two times a day, for three minutes

This is how often you should brush your teeth. With your good toothbrush and CDA-approved toothpaste, brush across all the surfaces of your teeth and along your gum line. Brush your tongue as well as bacteria will more often than not be hiding there. Get all the hard-to-reach areas and remove all the debris and bacteria, which if left to fester will lead to decay and infection. If you wear braces, we recommend brushing your teeth after every meal (including snacks) and after drinks. You don’t have to brush your teeth after drinking plain water.

Remember to floss, floss, and floss

Brushing your teeth twice a day is not enough. You also have to floss your teeth at least once a day. Flossing ensures that any food particles stuck between your teeth are removed. Food particles and plaque caught between your teeth can harden to tartar. This increases your risk of gingivitis and gum disease. As with your toothbrush and toothpaste, go for a flossing product that is CDA-approved.

Mouthwash is your Friend

Mouthwash is a product that comes in handy when you want to freshen your mouth. It also kills the bacteria that may have survived after you brushed your teeth. Mouthwash is not a substitute for brushing. There really does not exist a recommendation as to how many times a day you should use a mouthwash. The guideline here is to use it in moderation. If you’re overwhelmed by the number of products on the market, our dentist will help you to make a choice. If you experience dry mouth, our dentist can help with that as well.

Tame your sweet tooth

Sweets, chocolate, soft drinks and cake are all nice and tempting but if you want good gum health (and overall oral health), you’ll need to cut down on your intake amounts. Snacking on candy all day is terrible for your teeth and gums. While you’re snacking, the bacteria in your mouth are snacking as well. The end result is tooth decay and cavities. A little known fact to remember is that having a can of soda all at once is healthier than sipping from the can all day. Limit your teeth’s exposure time to sweet things and you’ll be smiling all the way to good gums bank.

Bonus Tip: Visit Lancaster Dental – Kitchener Dentist

While daily oral hygiene and good oral habits are important, they are not sufficient in completely preventing gum disease. Your 6-month and 12-month dental checkups are critical in identifying oral health problems at their onset. Our dentist at Lancaster Dental will give you regular x-rays and dental cleanings so that you are one step ahead of gum disease. If you already have gum disease, our dentists will start you on a treatment path. We offer a variety of dental treatments including surgical cleanings, tooth extraction, and guided bone and tissue regeneration so that you are back to your perfect oral health.

To learn more about our dental services in the Kitchener area, give us a call at 519-578-9670.