Your Oral Health—What You Don’t Know?

Dental hygienists are essential primary health care providers who teach Canadians how to maintain healthy teeth and gums every day. They share their wisdom at dental hygiene appointments, helping us to separate fact from fiction when it comes to enjoying a perfect smile.

Here is what we all need to know:

  1. Teeth don’t have to hurt for there to be a problem. Regular dental hygiene care is important for the early detection and prevention of cavities and oral diseases. Often by the time there is pain, advanced disease is present. Early detection by a dental professional can prevent lengthy and costly treatments.
  2. Gum disease is not normal. Red or bleeding gums may be a warning sign of gingivitis, the first stage of gum disease. When bacteria accumulate on your teeth and gums, you are at greater risk of infection. Fortunately, gingivitis can be reversed with improved oral hygiene at home, and it can be prevented in the first place by brushing twice daily and cleaning between the teeth.
  3. Teeth whitening is safe if done properly. Bleaching your teeth is not dangerous if it is done with careful planning and advice from your oral health professional. Always arrange for a full oral exam prior to tooth whitening and ask about the best bleaching options for you.

Improvements in home oral hygiene care, coupled with regular dental hygiene appointments, can reduce inflammation and improve our oral and overall health.

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