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Poor oral health can have a big impact on a person’s quality of life. Most people know that exercising and the right diet are important to staying healthy. A healthy mouth is part of a healthy body. According to the Canadian Dental Association, there are 5 steps to a healthy mouth:

Keep your mouth clean

  • use a soft bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste
  • Wait at least 20-30 minutes after eating before brushing your teeth
  • Floss every day
  • Eat a well balanced diet
  • Limit foods and beverages containing sugars and carbohydrates
  • Look for oral care products with the Canadian Dental Association seal

Check your mouth regularly

  • Look for signs of gum disease: red, shiny, puffy sore or sensitive gums, bleeding when you brush or floss, or bad breath that won’t go away
  • Look for signs of oral cancer: Bleeding or open sores that don’t heal. White or red patches. Numbness or tingling. Small lumps and thickening anywhere on the inside of your mouth.

Eat well

  • Good nutrition helps build strong teeth and gums
  • Eat mouthhealthy snacks like cheese, nuts, vegetables, and non-acidic fruit

See your dentist regularly

  • 48% of Canadians who haven’t seen a dentist in the past year have gum disease.
  • Regular dental exams and professional cleanings are the best way to prevent and detect problems before they get worse

Don’t smoke or chew tobacco

  • Smoking or chewing tobacco can cause oral cancer, heart disease, gum disease, and a variety of other cancers
  • It also discolours your teeth

If you have any questions about your oral health you can call us at (647) 794-1108 to help.

5 Steps to a Healthy Mouth

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