Oral Health

What is Oral Health?

Oral health refers to the absence of disorders and discomforts in the oral cavity. Oral health is a key element of your physical and psychological well-being and it can have a massive effect on your quality of life. A bad oral health can increase the risk of health conditions such as diabetes, cancer, cardiovascular or respiratory diseases. However, a lot of the risk factors that have been associated with poor oral health are actually behaviours that you can modify.

How can you take care of your oral health?

Toothpaste: use a toothpaste that contains Fluoride. This element fights germs and bacteria and protects your teeth.

Toothbrush: use a toothbrush that adapts to your needs. These can be soft, medium or hard bristled.

  • Research shows that soft bristles can provide better cleaning results and less damage to the gums but ask your dentist what they recommend for you.
  • Electric toothbrushes have shown to better reduce plaque buildup than manual toothbrushes.
  • Replace your manual toothbrush or the head of your electric toothbrush every three months or sooner if you see damage or irregularities in the bristles.

Brushing: 

  • ​​​Brush your teeth at least twice a day
  • Brush your teeth thoroughly and for 2 minutes
  • The toothbrush should fit your mouth at a 45-degree angle to your gums
  • Move the toothbrush in short strokes, tooth wide, back and forth
  • Clean the inside of the front teeth by tilting the toothbrush vertically; make strokes in an up and down motion.
  • Brush your tongue

Flossing: use dental floss, tape or an interdental brush.

  • These help reduce plaque
  • They help maintain healthy gums
  • They reduce inflammation.

Diet and lifestyle changes: pay attention to your diet and other aspects of your lifestyle.

  • Limit the amount of sugar and acidic food
  • Eat crunchy foods, especially fruits and vegetables
  • Drink water
  • Give up smoking
  • Reduce your alcohol consumption

Visit an oral health professional: visit your dentist at least twice per year.

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