Residents in Ottawa usually strive to keep their smiles healthy and beautiful. From visiting historic sites to enjoying shows at the theatre, they want their smiles to be radiant. Dr. France Chevalier, an Ottawa dentist, understands. Dr. Chevalier, an advocate of patient education, is often asked about her top oral health care tips. She is happy to explain.
Watch what you eat and drink
To keep your smile beautiful; try to limit your intake of sugary foods. Instead, choose fruits and vegetables to keep your smile as healthy as possible. To keep your smile stain-free, limit your consumption of berries, sauces, and other foods that can cause tooth discoloration. Try to limit your intake of stain causing beverages such as coffee, tea, cola, and red wine. Instead, drink plenty of water.
Brush and floss
It is recommended to brush the teeth at least twice a day or sometimes after every meal. Hold your toothbrush at a slight angle to reach the areas where the teeth and gums meet. Store your toothbrush in an upright position, allowing it to air dry. Covered toothbrushes can become safe harbors for bacteria to grow. To remove food that is trapped between the teeth and gums, it is important to floss.
Maintain dental check-ups
Visiting the dentist regularly should be included in your oral health routine. Professional teeth cleanings and dental examinations can help keep your oral and overall health in excellent condition. The dental team can also make recommendations for any changes necessary to your oral hygiene regimen.
To ensure optimal health, we offer oral cancer screenings. Oral cancer can affect the tongue, lips, cheeks, mouth, and throat. By utilizing VELscope, we can detect abnormalities that are difficult to see with the unassisted eye and identify signs of oral cancer. Dr. Chevalier encourages patients to have oral cancer screenings, as a part of their preventative programs.
Becoming partners in achieving optimal oral and overall health
We want to help you keep your smile healthy and beautiful, so you can look and feel confident. We would be happy to tailor an oral health regimen to meet your needs. Schedule an appointment today by calling 613-233-1118.
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