Establishing a routine and adopting good oral hygiene habits is important to maintaining the health of your teeth and gums. While you should see your dentist every six months or so, you can also take some preventative measures to ensure good oral health. Here are some tips you should be following regularly:
Stay away from sugary foods and drinks
If you ever notice a fuzzy feeling on your teeth after eating sugary food, that’s dental plaque. It loves to eat sugar and produces cavity-causing acid as a byproduct. Limiting your intake of sugary foods or drinks can make it easier to avoid oral health issues in the future.
Brush your teeth twice a day
The American Dental Association recommends brushing your teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste. You brush for at least 2 minutes in order to clean all of your teeth. If you rush, you may develop cavities in back teeth.
Floss your teeth
Plaque also hides where your toothbrush can’t reach, so it’s important to floss at least once a day to remove plaque between your teeth and along the gum line. Flossing can help prevent cavities from forming in between your teeth.
See your dentist every six months
You should have your teeth professionally cleaned every 6 months to protect your oral health. Dental hygienists will be able to gently scrape away any plaque and tartar build up. If left untreated, tartar buildup will increase your risk of gum disease and tooth decay.
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