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Keep Your Teeth in Tip-Top Shape

Toothbrush and a tube of toothpasteWhile fashion trends come and go, there is one accessory that will always be in style: a beautiful smile. By taking a preventative approach to caring for your smile now, you can avoid issues down the road such as worn or discoloured teeth. We have some tips to keep your smile healthy and beautiful.

Be Diligent About Home Care Habits

Brushing and flossing are the two oral hygiene habits that are critical when it comes to keeping your smile healthy.

Brushing. Make sure you brush your teeth for two minutes each time. It’s thought that most people only brush their teeth for about 30 seconds. Make sure you address each tooth, brushing at an angle towards your gumlines. It’s also a good idea to use only a soft-bristled toothbrush. Remember, too, to brush your tongue, which can harbour bad-breath-causing bacteria.
Flossing. Floss once a day. Choose a time that usually works for you and try to stick with it. Because your toothbrush can’t reach between your teeth, flossing is the only way to remove the plaque buildup in those areas. You can choose from traditional dental floss, a water flosser or floss pick. All will get the job done!

The Importance of Biyearly Checkups

While maintaining scrupulous oral hygiene at home is vital, it’s also essential to visit our office every six months for your routine dental checkup. At each appointment, you will get the following:

  • An assessment of each tooth as well as your gums, cheeks and tongue
  • X-rays, taken if necessary
  • A scale and polish
  • A fluoride treatment
  • Oral care recommendations such as products, tooth-friendly foods and techniques
  • A treatment plan for additional care if needed

By brushing, flossing and coming in for biyearly checkups, you will able to achieve and maintain a healthy smile for life. Contact TC Smiles today to schedule your appointment!

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