In April of every year dental professionals across Canada promote National Dental Health Month.
Here are five great ways to keep your teeth healthy from the Canadian Dental Association:
- See your dentist regularly for dental check-ups and professional deep cleaning.
- Brush at least twice a day and floss at least once daily between dental office visits. Choose a toothpaste that contains fluoride and is approved by the Canadian Dental Association.
- Make healthy food choices, and try to limit sugary and highly acidic foods, which can promote tooth decay and acid erosion.
- Check your own mouth to signs of gum disease, tooth decay or oral cancer. Symptoms of gum disease include sore, sensitive and red gums that may bleed during brushing. Sensitivity to hot, cold, sweet food or drink or pressure could suggest the presence of tooth decay. Symptoms of oral cancer include: sores in the mouth that persist for more than 7 to 10 days, unexplained bleeding, patchy white or red areas on the tongue or in the mouth, mouth tingling or numbness, or small lumps or thickening on the sides or bottom of the tongue or in other areas of the mouth. If you feel that you have any of these symptoms present in your mouth, contact your Victoria dentist, as he/she is specially trained to recognize gum disease, tooth decay and oral cancer and can provide early treatment.
- Don’t smoke or use tobacco products. The use of these products causes gum damage, tooth staining, tooth loss, persistent bad breath and can lead to oral cancer.
This April, look out for events in your community that promote oral care and maintaining healthy teeth.