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5 Steps to a Healthy Mouth

Updated: Aug 11

1. See your dentist regularly

  • Regular dental exams and professional cleanings are the best way to prevent and detect problems before they get worse.

  • Don't wait for a toothache or a dental emergency to look for a dentist. Ask for recommendations from friends, family, neighbours, or co-workers. If you're moving, ask if your current dentist can refer you to a dentist in your new area.

  • Check out these tips for finding a dentist.


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See your dentist regularly

2. Choose a variety of healthy foods and drinks each day

  • Eat a well-balanced diet. Good nutrition helps build strong teeth and gums.

  • Limit foods and beverages containing sugar, sodium, carbohydrates or saturated fats.

  • Make water your drink of choice.

  • Limit drinking alcohol.

  • Munch on mouth-healthy snacks like cheeses, nuts, vegetables, and non-acidic fruits.


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Choose a variety of healthy foods and drinks each day

3. Check your mouth regularly


Look for signs of gum disease:

  • Red, shiny, puffy, sore or sensitive gums

  • Bleeding when you brush or floss

  • Bad breath that won't go away

Look for signs of oral cancer:

  • Bleeding or open sores that don't heal

  • White or red patches

  • Numbness or tingling

  • Small lumps and thickening on the sides or bottom of your tongue, the floor or roof of your mouth, the inside of your cheeks, or on your gums


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Check your mouth regularly

4. Limit alcohol, and avoid smoking, smokeless tobacco and vaping

  • Tobacco use remains the leading cause of preventable death and disease in Canada.

  • Smoking tobacco can affect the appearance and health of your mouth and gums. Smokeless tobacco ("snuff", "spit" or chewing tobacco), is held in the mouth between the teeth and cheek.

  • By giving up tobacco, you can dramatically reduce your chance of developing a range of health conditions.

  • Talk to your dentist about how tobacco is affecting your oral and overall health. Check out these quit supports and tips for living smoke, tobacco and vape-free.


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Limit alcohol, and avoid smoking, smokeless tobacco and vaping

5. Keep your mouth clean

  • Brush twice a day using a soft-bristle toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste.

  • Wait at least 20–30 minutes after eating before brushing your teeth.

  • Floss every day. After flossing, roll it up in a tiny ball and put it in the garbage. Never flush floss down the toilet.

  • Look for oral care products bearing the Canadian Dental Association (CDA) Seal.


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Keep your mouth clean


Resource: https://www.cda-adc.ca/en/oral_health/cfyt/good_for_life/


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5 Steps to a Healthy Mouth

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