Improve Your Oral Hygiene Next Year

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Tired of finding cavities at your dental exams? Gaining a disease-free mouth might be as simple as making a few adjustments to your daily habits. Make 2016 the year your enamel bounces back! Keep reading for our tips, and get in touch if you have any questions about your unique dental health.

Simple Tweaks for Cavity-Free Teeth

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  1. Get a toothbrush you like using – This rule extends past your toothbrush to your toothpaste, floss, and mouthwash – if you have a product you actually enjoy, you’re far more likely to engage in regular hygiene. With all the options out there, there’s one that will work great for you. Ask for recommendations if you’re at a loss. And remember – replace your toothbrush every three months to discard bacteria and keep the bristles working properly.
  2. Eat right – The better your diet, the less teeth cleaning you’ll have to do. This is because healthier foods tend to be low in sugar and starch, so they don’t give rise to the same amount of harmful bacteria and acids.
  3. Drink water – It’s always a good idea to make water your drink of choice. It’s not only better for your teeth and your whole body than sugary drinks, but helps reduce headaches and keeps you feeling good all day. While you might take some time to adjust to a sugar-free drink, persist – you’ll make it through and soon water will taste better than you imagined! Get a reusable water bottle that you can keep with you to help be environmentally friendly.
  4. Stop skipping the floss – Many patients just don’t floss on a regular basis (or at all). This is a sad truth, but one that you shouldn’t succumb to. While it might not seem like flossing is doing all that much, it’s removing plaque that your toothbrush can’t hope to reach. No matter how thoroughly you brush, there are some spots that just aren’t accessible without floss. Flossing also strengthens your gums to help prevent inflammation that could lead to periodontal disease.
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