Have you ever seen a dentist in Toronto with anything but the brightest, healthiest and cleanest teeth? Of course not! It would be a betrayal of the entire profession. Dentists know better than anyone how to get and keep teeth clean. The best part is that they feel no need to keep their secrets secret. Here are a couple of handfuls of pro tips for the cleanest possible teeth short of indulging in professional dental cleaning near you. (We’ll come to that.)
Brush your teeth often. Everyone always says brush twice a day, but here’s a better idea. Brush after every meal whenever possible.
Equipment matters. In an ideal world, choose a soft-bristled brush but your number one priority should be choosing a brush that is comfortable and that you’ll use. If that’s a medium or firm brush for you, then go for it. Just remember to be extra gentle on your enamel while you use it.
Teeth are three dimensional. Yes, brush your Smile Zone but don’t forget to brush your molars, the reverse side of every tooth and every nook, cranny and crevice that you can reach.
Ignore your gums and tongue at your peril. Any plaque, bacteria or debris you leave on your gums is going to end up on your teeth as well as potentially feed tooth decay and gum disease. Brush your gums and tongue every time you brush your teeth.
Floss every day. But don’t just go through the motions. Floss between and around every tooth. Floss before you brush rather than afterward. That way, you can rinse away all the loose bits you floss free.
Choose mouthwash wisely. By all means, choose a mouthwash with some antibacterial and breath-freshening ingredients but don’t waste your money on potions that promise to whiten your teeth or restore your enamel. Mouthwash will be on your teeth for mere seconds. That’s not nearly long enough to accomplish either promise.
Take your time. You aren’t finished with your dental hygiene routine until you’ve flossed between every tooth, brushed every surface of every tooth and every part of your mouth, brushed and rubbed your gums and tongue and rinsed your mouth with mouthwash.
Considering upgrading your gear. Brushing properly with a manual toothbrush is effective and sufficient. But upgrading to an electric brush or a brush with an oscillating head and even a pressure sensor is next level.
Be gentle. Strange as it may seem, you can wear away the enamel on your teeth just by brushing too vigorously. And don’t forget that your gums are designed for gentle handling. Don’t try to make up for missed brushing sessions all at once. Instead of pressure, focus on completing circular motions and not missing any part of your mouth.
Get professional help. By following all of these tips, your teeth will be in excellent shape. But there’s no accounting for experience and specialized equipment. Don’t forget to call a dentist near you to schedule an occasional (at least annual) professional dental cleaning in Toronto. Not only will you love the feeling of your teeth after a thorough professional cleaning, it’ll also give your dentist an opportunity to notice your hard work.
Of course, dental cleaning in Toronto consists of more than just cleaning your teeth. Your dentist and their staff will also perform a careful inspection of your teeth and gums and screen you for serious health conditions. After all, you’ve all got the same goals. Clean and healthy teeth and long and healthy lives to enjoy them.