Prevention is the cornerstone of our dental practice. Dental problems are easiest to treat if caught early.
Home prevention should include 2x/day gentle brushing and flossing between the teeth and along the gum-line. Pay attention to the areas where your teeth and gums meet. Clean every surface of every tooth - the chewing surface, the cheek side and the tongue side. Use a gentle, circular, massaging motion, up and down. Don’t “rush your brush.” A thorough brushing should take at least 2-3 minutes.
Daily flossing removes plaque from areas your toothbrush can’t reach, preventing the build-up of tartar along and under your gums.
The Ontario Dental Association recommends that frequency of dental visits be based on individual patient needs. It advises, however, that a minimum of twice yearly visits are in the best interest of the oral health of the majority of patients in Ontario. Your dentist can spot dental problems in the early stages, even before you notice any symptoms.