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How to stick to your dental resolutions this year

January 01, 2023
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Good dental care helps you stay fit and healthy by keeping bacteria under control. Proper oral hygiene not only keeps teeth or gum infections away but also reduces your risk of other diseases like cardiovascular disease or pneumonia. Yes, as unlikely as it seems, poor oral health contributes to these and many other ailments. Isn’t that a great reason to make dental hygiene your new year’s resolution? Here are a few dental tips to help you stick to your oral care resolutions this coming year.


Brush long enough

Did you know that just brushing twice a day is not enough? You must brush for a full two minutes to ensure that your oral hygiene is truly up to the mark. While brushing twice a day may not be a challenging goal to keep, ensuring the two-minute brushing routine can be difficult to maintain. A simple tip to stick to the two-minute brushing resolution is to get an electronic toothbrush with a buzzer inbuilt that tells you when the time is up. Otherwise, play a tune on your phone that lasts precisely two minutes when you start brushing.

Floss regularly

Flossing helps significantly in keeping gum disease at bay by eliminating bacteria that thrive under the gums. Keep in mind that gum disease, when left unchecked, can result in the loss of teeth. So, if you want to keep your teeth and avoid a painful infection that prevents you from enjoying the foods you love, you must keep up with your resolution to floss every day. Keep floss sticks in your bag, in your desk drawer, and, of course, by the sink at home so that you are reminded to do it all through the day and have no excuse to ‘miss.’ You can also experiment with different types of floss to make the boring oral hygiene activity more enjoyable.

Dairy for your teeth

Dairy products contribute a lot towards dental health. They also help with oral hygiene because more saliva is produced when you eat these products. This helps clean away the food particles and plaque left over or between teeth. A simple way to promote oral hygiene is to include enough dairy products at meal times. You can also carry packaged cheese, flavoured milk, or yoghurt to snack on in between meals instead of drinking extra coffee/ carbonated drinks or binging on sugary stuff when your stomach begins to rumble. Your teeth and your tummy will both thank you.

The right drinks

Are you careful about drinking only naturally sweetened drinks to safeguard your health? Well, even that isn’t helping your teeth. And if you love the citrus flavoured waters, then your teeth are in more trouble than you think. Both these have acid content that can wear down the tooth enamel. Don’t have too many of these drinks and if you do have either, give your teeth some time to recover. Drinking plenty of regular, plain water is a great way to maintain oral and overall health.

With these simple tips to keep your smile intact and beautiful, tackle your dental resolutions this year with aplomb.


Ashraf Dentistry wishes you a happy and healthy New Year with a smile that dazzles with health!

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Lamine Diallo
Lamine Diallo
02:21 15 Jun 22
My family and I have been receiving care from Dr. Ashraf and his amazing team since we first moved to Waterloo in 2002. His assessment skills are spot on, he is gentle and is very skilled at working with anxious\nervous patients. My dental hygienist is Lin who is very knowledgeable, and passionate about her work. She is amazingly gentle yet very,very thorough when it comes to preventative dental care. She is didactic as well, taking the time to teach patients how to use certain equipment as well as addressing gingivitis in pro-active ways. We are in very capable hands.
Trisa Kapetaneas
Trisa Kapetaneas
18:12 01 Jun 22
I have been a patient here for over 2 years now and I've always enjoyed the experience. The staff are professional and have always made me feel comfortable. I recently had a cleaning done by Lynn for the first time and she was amazing! Will continue to visit for my checkups/cleanings.
Aamir Mirza
Aamir Mirza
14:54 03 May 22
Dr. Ashraf and his team is amazing. All work done under one umbrella for entire family. We all are very happy to be under the care for the last 20 plus years. Lin, dental hygienist is remarkable professional. She knows her job so well that I look forward to my cleaning every time I'm scheduled. Thank you Lin for your amazing work for my entire family!
Alena Delena
Alena Delena
14:50 02 May 22
My family loves Dr Ashraf. We've been through many dentists in many cities and he's by far our favourite one. He's always thorough and professional. His referrals are also of equal high caliber. I went to him for a root canal and a crown. I had many concerns and he addressed them all personally. He even went so far as to redo a root canal for me. Recommend.
Nicole Wood
Nicole Wood
15:31 28 Apr 22
I found Ashraf Dentistry a year ago and I absolutely love their dental clinic. Everyone is very kind and thorough. Lin is the best dental hygienist I've ever had! She takes the time to ensure I receive the care I need. Both dentists I've seen have also been very kind and wonderful at making me feel like my teeth are being taken care of. Highly recommend!
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