When it comes to most things in our health, preventative is usually the best option. We want to prevent things occurring before adverse side effects take over. In terms of your teeth, keeping a preventative maintenance routine will help you avoid tooth decay, periodontal disease, and not to mention it will save you time and money. Here are some steps to add to your oral hygiene routine.

Floss DailyGetting between each tooth daily helps you to clean out those tight spaces between teeth. No matter where flossing fits into your schedule, make sure this is added to your daily habits as it keeps your breath fresh, the spaces in your teeth free of food, and limits your chances of gingivitis and gum disease! There are numerous types of dental floss, so find one that works best for you. If you prefer, a waterpik is another great option for getting hard to reach places.

Brush DailyOf course, we all know to brush daily! But are you brushing correctly? There are multiple tutorials of how to brush the correct way, but don’t skimp on technique and how often you’re brushing those pearly whites. After meals, make sure you head to the bathroom to scrub your teeth to reduce risk of various diseases. Also don’t forget about brushing your tongue. This will remove bacteria from your mouth while keeping your breath fresh and clean. While brushing, be gentle with your teeth and don’t brush too hard. Otherwise, you’ll cause irritation to your gums.

Eat a Balanced DietYou’ve probably heard the phrase from mothers to their child, “Don’t eat that, it will rot your teeth out.” Although it’s a hyperbole, it’s not too far off. Limiting your sugar intake will help your teeth stay healthy and fresh while drinking plenty of water throughout the day. Your teeth will thank you!

Visit the DentistIt’s important for the health of your teeth to visit the dentist once annually for an exam to check for any problems. If you’re considered low risk for dental problems, you’ll have multiple benefits from a yearly cleaning. A dentist is able to identify problems and take care of them quickly when you come in for your annual or semi-annual appointment.

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