Your teeth are meant to last a lifetime, but that doesn’t happen all by itself. It takes effort on your part to keep those teeth in top shape. Make these five basics part of your ongoing dental hygiene routine and it will be a long time before there’s the need to think about replacing those natural teeth.
Brush After Meals
Many family dentists today recommend brushing after at least two meals a day. Go the extra mile and make it three times. While it may be a little difficult to work in brushing the teeth at the end of a lunch hour, the effort is worth it. Along with keeping the teeth clean, your breath is also fresher. That will come in handy if you are working closely with people for the rest of the day.
Choose the Right Toothbrush and Toothpaste
Brushing is great, but you need to use the right tools. An expert in family dentistry can recommend the best toothbrush for you. Factors like the texture of the bristles and the design of the toothbrush itself will impact the choice. The goal is to choose a design that allows you to thoroughly clean your teeth every time you use it.
The right toothpaste is important too. Perhaps you need one for sensitive teeth, or something that helps to protect the enamel. This is another area where your dentist can provide guidelines for selecting toothpaste that is right for you.
Don’t Forget the Tongue
Many people don’t think about the tongue when they brush. Did you know that a lot of the residue that clings to the teeth can also cling to the tongue? Choosing to brush it as well gets rid of more residue and prevents it from depositing on the teeth. The result is less residue to cause problems for the teeth and gums.
Annual Exams are Your Friend
You need to see your Markham family dentist for a complete dental checkup every year. Even if you don’t seem to have any problems, that exam will determine if your teeth are in great shape or if there’s something that needs to be corrected. Remember that many dental issues have little to no outward signs at first. If a problem is caught by your dentist in the earliest stages, it can be resolved before a lot of damage is done.
Treat Yourself to at Least One Teeth Cleaning Each Year
Even people who are diligent with brushing and flossing need to have their teeth professionally cleaned at least once a year. Twice is not too often. The cleaning gets ride of residue that collects in between the teeth and along the gum line. While it may take some doing to fit the appointment into your schedule, concentrate on how fresh your mouth will feel once the cleaning is done. If that’s not enough, remember that what is removed during the cleaning can no longer contribute to the possibility of cavities developing.
Keeping your teeth healthy requires some dedication. Fortunately, most of what you should do is easy to manage. Develop responsible dental hygiene habits and you could have your natural teeth for the rest of your life.
Andrea Galick is an accomplished Dental Hygienist (RDH) with a passion for helping patients achieve optimal oral health. Andrea has built a reputation as a caring and skilled practitioner who puts her patients at ease and provides individualized care that meets their unique needs.
Everyone here is very friendly and provides excellent care. I received a full exam on my first visit, and everyone took time to answer my questions and ensured I felt comfortable the entire time - exactly what you want when visiting the dentist. I highly recommend Markham Smile Centre for anyone looking for great dental care.
There is an ample parking space before you get into the office. The receptionists welcome us friendly with proper COVID-19 procedures in place. The staff worked with patient very patiently and professionally. My teeth cleaning was done by Ying, she explained every detail to me and I did not feel any pain or uncomfortable at all. Thanks to the best team !
It's been a while since I've been to a dentist but I'm trying to get back on track with health in general. Overall it was great going to Markham Smile Centre! The receptionist (I believe she was Kim) was friendly. The hygienist, Ying, was attentive and gentle during the cleaning; x-ray tech (forgot her name, sorry!) was great too. Dr. Sara Riad explained things with good detail. Looking forward to going back!
I was someone who was nervous and anxious about visiting the dentist, but the team at Markham Smile Centre has made me feel SO comfortable. Kim is so patient and helpful and Dr. Hwang and Rory are both so professional and wonderful. They thoroughly explain the procedure to make you comfortable beforehand and are very gentle. I now look forward to visiting the dentist!
I found this place on a whim when I was looking for a new dentist in Markham. My hygienist ying was super nice and her cleaning was very gentle yet thorough. I saw Dr.Jason and he was very nice and informative in regards to what needs to be done and provided me with all the information I needed to make a choice. Would recommend this place to anyone looking for a new dentist, they’re accepting new patients!!
I have been to many dentists in my life, Dr. Jason is easily the best dentist I have ever been too. He does everything he can to make you comfortable no matter the procedure and is a true professional, as does all the staff at Markham Smile Centre. Truly an amazing dentistry
The clinic was clean and the staff was very polite. I particularly liked the fact that everything was explained to me before going in for the procedure so I knew what to expect at each step. The dental hygienist who did the cleaning for me was also very gentle and took my concerns into consideration. I will definitely recommend them.
Upon arriving to the Markham Smile Centre, my son and I were greeted with a warm welcome by the receptionists. The hygienists and Dentist were very gentle and transparent with what they were doing. The hygienist that worked on my 9 year old son was patient and very friendly with him, which helped ease his nerves. Our overall experience was A+.
Since I was little, I have always hated going to the dentist... Its always uncomfortable and unpleasant. These days, visiting the dentist isn’t so bad! Dr Jason, Rory, and the lovely staff at reception make the experience 100x better. I have had absolutely no issues with the gum graft and cleanings that I’ve gotten done here. Everyone is incredibly friendly and helpful, even when I’m calling in or emailing a hundred questions :). I would highly recommend Markham Smile Centre.
Love this place! All the staffs are friendly and Professional and I mean all, cause I've been to most of their office, Markham , Stouffville, North York, and Maple. Dr. Ko is very professional and patient. Whenever I have questions and concerns he would always reply me . I would say this this dental office take care of you all the way. I would highly recommend everyone to come here for any dental works. =)