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This story is sponsored by Dr. Neil J. Gajjar Associates & Specialists.
April is a very significant month for your mouth. Not only is it filled with toothaches from eating too much bunny-shaped chocolate but it’s also National Oral Health Month. Every April, dentists and dental associations highlight the importance of caring for your teeth and mouth.
Following a healthy oral care routine during the pandemic is essential for one’s overall well-being.
“Having good oral health can help the body fight off other viruses and infections,” says Dr. Neil J. Gajjar of Dr. Neil J. Gajjar Associates & Specialists, a dental and orthodontics practice in Mississauga. “It can keep your immune system strong while preventing many conditions like pneumonia, cardiovascular diseases and even complications during pregnancy.”
Dr. Gajjar’s practice (16-735 Twain) offers a wide range of services, including family dentistry, dental implants, cosmetic dentistry, orthodontics and sleep dentistry. Laser teeth whitening services and take-home kits are also available for folks looking to brighten their smile.
“Our team is proud to be helping patients as an essential service and we remain open during the most recent lockdown,” he says. “We’re doing our part to keep the community healthy and reducing the strain on the health-care system during this time.”
Good news – there are several things people can do to ensure they’re avoiding cavities and harmful tooth decay. Along with diligently brushing your teeth twice a day for two minutes, flossing daily will remove the pesky pieces of food stuck between your teeth. Toothbrushes should be replaced every three months or sooner if you notice the bristles starting to splay.
For those who are really keen on having a clean mouth and fresh breath, try gargling with mouthwash after brushing and flossing. When shopping for mouthwash, opt for a variety that contains fluoride as it will reduce decay and protect your precious enamel.
Additionally, avoiding the overconsumption of acidic foods, sugary sweets, soft drinks, wine and coffee will also keep your choppers happy and healthy.
Aside from your daily routine, it’s important to visit your dentist for regular cleanings and exams.
“Regular dental visits help prevent small issues from becoming larger. For instance, when gum disease is discovered in the early stages, we can help prevent further gum and bone loss so our patients keep their teeth longer,” says Dr. Gajjar. “Small cavities can also be treated earlier, preventing the need for root canals or extractions, which would then need replacement options.”
Staying on top of your brushing routine and visits to the dentist can also prevent bad breath caused by unhealthy bacteria and keep teeth white.