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Tips for Great Oral Hygiene

Does daily oral hygiene play a significant role in your overall health and wellbeing? Yes, it does. Taking care of your mouth is one of the most important things you can do. What’s the best way to prevent gum disease, infection, tooth loss, and systemic issues? Brushing, flossing, and regular checkups at the dentist.  

Poor dental habits often result in built-up plaque that can lead to periodontal disease, a gum infection that can spread to the jawbone and is linked to heart disease.

Daily care of the mouth and gums is important at any age. The staff at Cochrane Valley Dental are trained to detect, treat, and prevent gum disease and are experts in preventive care. We create treatment plans to maintain or restore patients’ oral health. Check out our tips for great oral hygiene below.

Brushing removes the bacteria and plaque that cause tooth decay and gum disease. Get the most out of brushing your teeth by using these tips:

  • Brushing at least twice a day, once in the morning and once at night. If possible, brush after every meal.
  • Use a regular or electric toothbrush with soft bristles.
  • You only need a small amount of toothpaste, roughly about the size of a pea. Fluoride kills the bacteria that causes cavities so make sure it has that and the Canadian Dental Association’s Seal of Acceptance.
  • At a 45-degree angle, brush every side of each tooth.
  • Direct the bristles to where your gums and teeth meet. Use a gentle, circular, massaging motion, up and down.
  • Take your time! A thorough brushing should take at least 2 to 3 minutes.
  • Brush your tongue, and let your toothbrush air dry.

Flossing is an extremely important part of oral care. It removes plaque and bacteria that you cannot reach with your toothbrush. Without flossing, you are missing more than one-third of your tooth’s surface. 

Plaque is the main cause of gum disease. It is an invisible bacterial film that develops on your teeth every day. Within 24 to 36 hours, plaque hardens into tartar (also called calculus), which can only be removed by professional cleaning. Floss at least once a day and plaque will never get the chance to harden into tartar.

A balanced and nutritious diet is good not only for your general health but your dental health as well. Your teeth and gums can become more susceptible to decay and gum disease if your body doesn’t get the proper nutrients. 

Sugar is one of the main causes of dental problems. The average Canadian eats the equivalent of 40 kg of sugar each year. If you can’t brush after consuming a sweet snack or drink, at least rinse your mouth with water or eat fibrous fruit or raw vegetables. Or, chew a piece of sugarless gum.

Poor oral health can affect a person’s quality of life. Missing teeth, poor hygiene, or oral infections can influence the way a person speaks, eats, and socializes. These oral health problems can reduce a person’s quality of life by affecting their physical, mental and social well-being. A chronic infection, including one in the mouth, is a serious problem that should not be ignored. Research has shown that there is an association between oral disease and other health problems, such as diabetes, heart disease, and stroke, as well as pre-term and low birth weight babies.

A healthy mouth is one of the most important parts of a healthy life. Take care of your mouth and smile!

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Dr. Neerja Khosla

General Dentist

Dr. Neerja Khosla has been a dentist for over 30 years. She loves dentistry and is very passionate and committed to her profession.


To ensure the safety of our patients and staff and to prevent   the spread of COVID-19, At Cochrane Valley Dental ,we have implemented several initiatives for the protection of our staff and patients .

  • Covid19 screening form 
  • Temp check for both staff and patients 
  • air purifiers/filters to prevent aerosol contamination 
  • Enhanced PPE and disinfection