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5 Point Prevention

The Canadian Dental Association has created a Five Point Plan to help us to remember the key tips for maintaining a healthy smile:

  1. Brush your teeth carefully at least twice every 24 hours. It takes about 2.5 to 3 minutes to do the job right.

  2. Floss your teeth daily. Flossing cleans those areas your toothbrush simply can't reach like between the teeth and under the gum-line.

  3. Eat, drink, but be wary. Eat a well-balanced diet! Avoid sweet foods and drinks, especially between meals. And please don't smoke. Smoking can promote serious dental problems like gum disease and oral cancer.

  4. Check you gums. Check regularly for these signs of gum disease, the leading cause of adult tooth loss: red, puffy or tender gums; gums that bleed even slightly when you brush or floss; and persistent bad breath. See your dentist if any occur.

  5. Don't wait until it hurts. See your dentist for preventative checkups and professional cleanings. Regular visits are the best way to prevent trouble and unnecessary expense.

  6. Remember, only your dentist has the training, clinical skill and knowledge to diagnose your oral health condition and advise you on appropriate treatment and care.