Regular brushing will help in preventing tooth decay and gum disease. Brushing removes the bacteria in your mouth that promotes tooth decay and the plaque that can cause gum disease. It is recommended you brush after every meal. The bacterial attack begins minutes after every snack and meal. Brushing two to three times a day is ideal, at least brush once a day and always before you go to bed.
Did you know that if you are not flossing you are missing more than one third of your tooth surface? Do you know that plaque is the main cause of gum disease?
Flossing removes plaque and bacteria that you cannot reach with your toothbrush.
Within 24-36 hours plaque hardens into tartar or calculus, which can only be removed by a professional dental cleaning. Flossing at least once a day will help reduce the chance of plaque developing into tartar. Develop a habit of daily flossing while doing something like listening to music or watching TV.
Your dentist/dental hygienist has been trained to detect potential problems with suspicious lesions of the face and mouth. Oral cancer accounts for 2.3% of all new cancers in Canada. Oral cancer is aggressive, in 2002 it accounted for 1.5% of all cancer deaths in Canada. Oral cancer carries a higher mortality rate than either melanoma or cervical cancer. The five-year survival rate for oral cancer is low, at just 50%. Early detection result in survival rate increasing sharply to 80%. Smoking, alcohol and friction may cause sores or painful areas where cancer may start.