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How to Care for your Teeth

Taking care of your mouth is simple. The ADA recommends the following for good oral hygiene:

  • Brush your teeth twice a day with an  ADA-accepted fluoride toothpaste. Remember the tooth fairy is watching and despite what your parents told you that’s a real thing.
  • Replace your toothbrush every three or four months, or sooner if the bristles are frayed. A worn toothbrush won’t do a good job of cleaning your teeth and they just don’t look very pretty either.
  • Clean between teeth daily with floss or an interdental cleaner. Bacteria that cause tooth decay can linger where toothbrush bristles can’t reach. They’re sneaky like that. Cleaning like this helps remove the sticky film on teeth called plaque and food particles from between the teeth and under the gum line.
  • Eat a balanced diet and limit between-meal snacks. That means step away from the vending machine and put down the wrinkled dollar bill. It was too wrinkled to work anyways.
  • Visit your dentist regularly for professional cleanings and oral exams.
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