You had a long day and you really want to go to bed as soon as possible. It is okay to skip over brushing your teeth right? You did brush them in the morning, so it’s fine. The truth is no, it’s not. Daily brushing and flossing will make your dentist praise you for your good habits! We put together a short list with dental habits you should never skip if you want to maintain a healthy smile.
1.Schedule frequent visits with your dentist
This is the first step to ensure that your teeth are healthy. Even if you floss or brush daily, those cavities won’t go away – in fact, tooth decay will get worse and it can lead to tooth loss and gum diseases.
It is easy for many to skip the frequent (and necessary!) dentist appointments when they feel ‘nothing wrong’. Many patients have gone years without a dentist check because it seems harmless and there is no ‘major’ problem. One of the main reasons is the cost. So now onto an important question, what’s the purpose of going since there is nothing wrong anyway?
Well, regularly visiting a dentist to avoid dental conditions is much cheaper in the long-term than waiting for actual diseases to show up. Many studies confirmed that dental health is strongly linked to heart disease, bone loss, lung disease and even diabetes. Diagnosing and treating your dental conditions is a step forward towards a long and healthy life.
If you are worried about costs, there’s no need to. Most dentists in Edmonton will help you manage your budget by helping you with a discount dental plan and many other cost-friendly alternatives for teeth cleaning in Edmonton and other essential treatments.
2.Floss, floss, floss!
Even if you brush your teeth as much as possible, there are always some bits and pieces of food which remain in the tight spaces between your teeth. Why should you worry about it? Because people who don’t floss are predisposed to having yellow teeth, bad breath, tartar build-up and, of course, cavities. Additionally, going to a dental clinic near you will help you establish your current situation and whether you need professional teeth cleaning.
3.Follow your oral routine
The most important part is that people often skip these habits. Whether you’re tired, or you just don’t feel like it, sometimes you prefer to go to bed without brushing your teeth. In fact, the later you go to sleep, the easier it becomes to skip this step. The main problem is that the bacteria you collected throughout the day will sit there during the entire night and break into your enamel, leading to tooth discolouration, cavities and tooth decay. After some time, the plaque will become tartar through the process of calcification; and this tartar is much more difficult to remove from your teeth than it is to brush your teeth every day before going to sleep.
Below is a short list from your dentist in Edmonton to help you maintain a healthy oral routine:
- Put a toothbrush on your nightstand or next to bed – you only need to take it out and gently brush while you are in bed; no toothpaste/water needed.
- Make a stash of floss sticks next to your bed;similarly, all you need to do is reach out and grab a floss stick – you don’t need to get up if you don’t want to.
- Go to bed early and have time for a proper routine – this will also improve your overall health.