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7 habits for good dental health!



Most of us would stay in the same state of mind and stagnancy until something makes us move and cause friction. Then we get up and whether we like it or not, we do take action. How magical it would be that we spark the change by ourselves without the influence of outside factors and take our life into our own hand. With unstoppable determination to become CEO's of our lives and our own habits.


Listed below are seven of the dental habits which you can develop to take control of your own oral health.

  1. Brushing everyday, at least twice a day for 2 minutes and remembering to clean between the teeth every night

  2. Understanding the overall health benefits of good oral health

  3. Understand the effect of sugar on your dental health and overall health

  4. Discussing dental anxiety with your dental health team

  5. Don’t procrastinate and prolong your dental visits

  6. Address concern when it is small or when in doubt

  7. Be pro active and on top of your dental care

A tooth has 5 surfaces and all the surfaces have to be cleaned thoroughly to remove the plaque, which is detrimental for your oral health. Brush all the surfaces of your teeth with a manual or electric toothbrush (i.e. the inside, outside and chewing surfaces). floss at least once at night. Clean your tongue at least once in the morning.


Most of the time, people ignore bleeding and inflammation as something very small as it does not hurt them. When inflammation starts, inflammatory mediators will not stay localized in your mouth. Through smaller blood vessels they will travel to the larger blood vessels circulating throughout your body. In the long run it will affect your overall health.


The effect of sugar on your oral health is not new to all of us. Dental caries or cavities as we know affects almost half the world population. According to WHO, It is the most widespread non communicable disease. Dental caries is caused by acid production resulting from bacterial metabolism of sugars leading to decalcification of enamel and eventually dissolution of the enamel. Dietary habits like pop, energy drinks, iced coffees, frequent snacking can be some of the causes.

A lot of people suffer from dental anxiety owing to prior dental experiences, personal anxiety issues to name a few. Discussing about dental anxiety can help your dental health team to understand and provide care in a way it is comforting to you. A caring approach customized to each individual in helping overcome your dental anxiety helps you take care of your own oral health.


Procrastinating and dental anxiety are also related. Dental anxiety can prevent you from making decisions regarding your dental care appointments leading to accumulation of oral health issues which can become overwhelming at some point when it needs to be addressed because of concurrent existence of multiple problems.

In continuation to dental anxiety and procrastination, smaller issues when not addressed in time lead to bigger problems. For eg: A cavity not filled in time can lead to infection of the nerves within the tooth and lead to root canal treatment or extraction in severe cases increasing the cost of the treatment, longer healing times, longer appointment times and in some case tooth loss which in turn can affect the teeth alignment, shifting of teeth, food impaction, change of facial structure , chewing ability , balance of mouth to name a few.


By the end of the day it's up to each and every one of us to be brave and take massive action and be consistent. Results will astonish you.So take that step to be proactive and set up dental health goals as a commitment to your health and yourself. There is no one who will benefit from this more than you!


Let today be the last day you procrastinate regarding your dental health. Take a small step towards your first visit if you have been avoiding going to the dentist. Call us @905-823-7855 or email us at admin@dentistryatclarkson.com


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