Preventative dental care 

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Achieving healthy teeth takes a lifetime of care. Even if you’ve been told that you have nice teeth, it’s crucial to take the right steps every day to take care of them and prevent problems.

This involves getting the right oral care products, as well as being mindful of your daily habits.

Take care of your teeth

Tips to help you have strong, healthy teeth

  • Don't go to bed without brushing your teeth
    Brushing before bed gets rid of the germs and plaque that accumulate throughout the day.
     

  • Floss every night in an up-and-down motion while keeping the floss in a U-shape and against the tooth surface.
    Flossing is not just for getting those little pieces of Chinese food or broccoli that may be getting stuck in between your teeth, it stimulates the gums, reduces plaque, and helps lower inflammation in the area.
     

  • Don't neglect your tongue.
    Plaque can also build up on your tongue. Not only can this lead to bad mouth odor, but it can lead to other oral health problems.
     

  • Avoid smoking.
     

  • Avoid sticky sugary foods
    Ultimately, sugar converts into acid in the mouth, which can then erode the enamel of your teeth. These acids are what lead to cavities. Acidic fruits, teas, and coffee can also wear down tooth enamel. While you don’t necessarily have to avoid such foods altogether, it doesn’t hurt to be mindful.
     

  • Eat a balanced diet
    Eating fresh, crunchy produce not only contains more healthy fiber, but it’s also the best choice for your teeth.
     

  • Use antiseptic and fluoride rinses as directed
    Using mouthwash reduces the amount of acid in the mouth, cleans hard-to-brush areas in and around the gums, and re-mineralizes the teeth.
     

  • Have sealants placed on young permanent teeth.
     

  • See your dentist at least twice a year
    Some dental insurance companies even cover more frequent dental checkups. If this is the case for you, take advantage of it.

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