A strategy guide – Fortify your teeth for the New Year!

Chew sugar-free gum When you chew gum, it stimulates the production of saliva. This is actually a good thing for your teeth! Saliva can neutralize the acids that cause cavities. As well, it has cleansing properties to help remove food debris off the teeth. This is partly why people with dry mouth are very susceptible to getting cavities.

Drink black coffee

Believe it or not, coffee can actually be good for your teeth! A study conducted at Boston University (my alma mater!) found coffee had a “small but statistically significant” reduction in the prevalence of gum disease in a population of adult males. The thought is that the antioxidants found in coffee are protective against periodontal disease.

Brush better

Timing is actually a very important part of your oral hygiene routine. Don’t brush right after you finish eating. Wait for half an hour or so because if you consumed any acidic foods or drinks, brushing immediately after can actually cause damage to your enamel. This is especially important after breakfast, where many people choose to have fruit juice. Pop is another highly acidic beverage to be cautious with.

Floss often and floss better

Not everyone flosses because many people think it just takes too long. I can’t stress enough how critical it is for good dental health though. Just like anything else, once you incorporate it into your daily routine, it will feel strange when you don’t floss! Your dentist and dental hygienist can show you the proper technique, and any areas that you may be missing when flossing at home.

Replace your toothbrush regularly

We recommend you replace your toothbrush every three months. However, if the bristles appear frayed, replace it sooner. Also, remember that toothbrushes are saturated with bacteria and germs, so you should not keep them for too long anyway. The BC Dental Association also recommends the same 3-month frequency. If you have any questions about oral health and family dental care, please contact us at info@brewerydistrictdental.com or call us at 604-522-2425. We care about our community and we are ready to help!]]>