Developing an Oral Health Plan
So what are the most important things you can do to maintain good oral health, to reduce your risk of developing periodontal disease, and to reduce your risk of developing many of the other diseases?
- Remove plaque by brushing your teeth for about 2 minutes at least twice a day and by flossing daily to remove plaque between your teeth.
- To promote healthy tooth development in children and to strengthen your teeth, use water, toothpaste or rinses containing fluoride.
- Check your teeth, gums and mouth regularly. If you notice any problems with your mouth or teeth, plan to see a dental professional as soon as you can.
- Don’t smoke or chew tobacco.
- Stay active and make healthy food choices according to Canada’s Food Guide.
- If you have diabetes, heart or respiratory disease, or if you’re pregnant, plan to speak to a dental or other health care provider to help design an oral health plan that’s right for you.
- See a dental professional on a regular basis.
What is Plaque?
Plaque is a sticky film of bacteria that constantly builds up, thickens and hardens into tartar. Plaque can be removed with daily brushing and flossing. Plaque that’s not removed contributes to infections in the gums.
Remember, good oral health is critical and worthwhile. It’ll make your whole body smile
You’ve made a commitment to improve your oral health. You’ve bought new toothbrushes and floss for yourself and your family, your drinking water is treated with fluoride (when possible), you’ve started walking, and you’re making reasonable changes to improve healthy food choices.
Now let’s make sure you know the right way to look for the signs of gum disease or other potential problems in your mouth, and then let’s make sure you are brushing and flossing properly.
If you already have gum disease, brushing & flossing are even more important.