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8 Simple Tips for Maintaining Optimal Dental Health

Last week we took a look at what sort of vitamins can help improve your dental health. This week, we will zoom out and take a look at a variety of different strategies to help improve your dental health. As you will see, there are a lot of ways that you can improve your smile.

1. Visit the Dentist

Yes, you probably saw this one coming, but it is essential for your dental health that you visit the dentist on a yearly basis. A dentist will be able to give you insight into your dental health and what you can do to improve it. Your teeth may be in good health, but it is still important to see what your dentist thinks.

2. Listen to the Dentist

When the Dentist tells you to floss, or check back in four weeks, or to wear your night guard, they mean it! They are not just giving you advice for the fun of it. They are professionals and have your best interest in mind. Heed their professional advice!

3. Drop Those Bad Habits

Chewing on your fingernails, not brushing your teeth, and eating a lot of hard candy are all bad habits for your dental health. Yes, they are difficult to drop, but you can slowly start weaning off of these bad habits, moment by moment, day by day.

4. Make Sure You Floss!

A toothbrush and mouthwash do not carefully remove each morsel of food that is stuck between your teeth. Some food can really get lodged in your teeth. Flossing daily will allow you to remove any food that is accumulating between your teeth, which will prevent the onset of cavities and other maladies of the mouth.

5. Change Your Toothbrush

Your toothbrush should not be frayed and all bent out of shape. The toothbrush should be straight and firm, so you can get an effective cleaning of your teeth. A good rule of thumb to follow is to replace your toothbrush every three months.

6. Brush Your Teeth the Right Way

Brushing your teeth twice a day is essential to your dental health. And not only should you brush your teeth twice a day, but you should also brush for at least two minutes per session. Your toothbrush should be gently brushed against your teeth, this way you do not scrape your gums and fray the toothbrush. You should brush whatever parts of your teeth are accessible by the brush.

7. Avoid Chewing Ice

Chewing on ice, though it may be refreshing, is not good for your teeth. Due to how hard surface ice is, it can gradually break down the enamel of your teeth; it is also bad for fillings and any restorative dentistry procedures.

8. Have a Healthy Diet

A good diet is great for your teeth. By avoiding candy, processed sugar, and other junk foods, you are doing your teeth a great favor. Healthy food also includes a lot of vitamins and minerals that are vital to your dental health.

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