Fall into Fantastic Oral Health Habits
Happy autumn! The season of crisp air, cozy sweaters, hot tea – and healthy smiles! A new season is a great time to practice new, healthier habits, and your oral health is no exception. We’ve brainstormed a few tips to keep your teeth sparkling throughout the cooler months ahead.
Don’t Play Games with Your Oral Health
Are you or your child playing contact sports this fall? If so, a mouth guard is a smart, smile-friendly investment! Anywhere from hockey to lacrosse, football or gymnastics – a custom-fit guard from your dentist can prevent chipped, broken or lost teeth, as well as reducing the risk of concussion.
An Apple a Day….
Keeps the doctor away – and your smile sparkling! Autumn is prime apple-picking season, but we recommend skipping the caramel and sugary dips. Enjoy this delicious treat as nature intended: a crunchy, tooth-friendly snack for all ages!
Cool weather calls for cozy drinks to warm the soul! While tea is a perfect beverage for the brisk days ahead, tea can cause lasting tooth discoloration. That said, it is possible to reduce staining by brushing your teeth twice a day, and if possible, shortly after enjoying a cup. If you’re looking for more smile-friendly tea options, we suggest switching from black to herbal or green teas.
Leave Discoloration to the Leaves
Brushing and flossing combats plaque and tooth decay, keeping your smile healthy and bright. Dentists can also detect a variety of underlying issues with your teeth and gums, invisible to the naked eye – which can save you time, hassle and money in the long run. If you haven’t visited your family dentist lately, now is the time to schedule an appointment! Your oral health professional can also discuss other tooth whitening options or products to keep your smile looking its very best.
We hope this new season brings you joy and adventure!
– Dr. Ed Lowe and the Lowe Centre Dental Team