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Keep this checklist handy to ensure a healthy smile

January 26, 2023
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Oral hygiene plays a significant role in your personal and professional circles. No one wants to be around people with bad mouth odour or visibly dirty teeth. You only have to invest a little time and effort every day to maintain good oral hygiene.


Here is how you can make sure you maintain a healthy smile:

Use a tracker

Since we cannot remember everything we must do, keeping tracker tools like diaries, planners, and organizers are a must. Make the best use of technology to set oral hygiene goals. Habit trackers will help you schedule regular cleanings and fillings, remember appointments, and take your vitamins on time.


Food residue can increase cavity-causing bacteria in your mouth. Water washes away any leftover food particles, protecting your pearly whites. Carry a reusable bottle so you have water handy whenever you need it. Try using apps that can alert you to hydrate. Use straws and water infused with fruit, cucumbers, or herbs if that helps you with your hydration goals.

Brushing twice a day

Brushing twice a day is a must to maintain healthy teeth. Otherwise, you may find yourself spending money on root canal therapy, gum disease treatment, and dire situations that may need cosmetic dentistry to replace a broken tooth.

Additionally, use a tongue cleaner, and get a new toothbrush every three months. Disinfect and make sure your toothbrush is stored in a dry place, as microorganisms and bacteria thrive in moisture.

Don’t skip flossing and rinsing

Ask your dentist to suggest the best flossing and rinsing method suited to you. These steps help reach many corners of your teeth that toothbrushes cannot. That is why rinsing and flossing should definitely be a part of your daily oral hygiene routine.

Set yourself up for success

Equip yourself with oral care tools like a good electric toothbrush, tongue scraper, sugar-free toothpaste, water flosser, and mouthwash.

Always keep a dental travel kit ready. This way, you do not have to depend on hotel-supplied toothbrushes that could be hard on your enamel.

Reduce your sugar intake

Sugar is the biggest enemy of healthy teeth. Reducing your sugar intake will help protect your teeth. It is a pain to undergo root canal therapy or gum disease treatment! So switch to herbs and fruit-infused water and let go of carbonated drinks. Make informed choices while buying groceries. Read the nutritional information on the product’s label, and buy the ones with less or zero added sugar content. Increase your intake of fruits and reduce processed desserts in your diet.

Don’t ignore dental checkups, cleanings, or dental work!

To maintain healthy teeth, make oral hygiene a priority in your life. Regular dental checkups, cleanings, and fillings are a good start. Investing in braces or Invisalign and availing benefits of cosmetic dentistry are great ways to maintain a bright smile!


Now that you have the ultimate checklist follow it to ensure you have a healthy smile. Be diligent with your cleanings and fillings appointments. When required, timely identification and gum disease treatment, root canal therapy, and cosmetic dentistry can help you maintain those perfect pearly whites.

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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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