Taking Care of Your Teeth at Home

Taking care of your teeth is an essential part of maintaining your health and wellness. While you should visit your dentist at least twice a year for a regular checkup and cleaning, they alone cannot account for your teeth health. Thus, it is up to you to take initiative and take care of your teeth at home! Keep reading for some advice from Dr. Dennis Flanagan at Dennis J. Flanagan DDS MS on how to keep your pearly whites shining bright!

 

Here are some simple things you should be doing daily to ensure your teeth remain healthy:

  1. Brush your teeth at least twice a day – You should brush your teeth every morning and every evening at least. However, if you want to keep your breath fresh, a quick brush after lunch never hurts! In addition, make sure you are using a toothpaste with fluoride. Fluoride helps prevent tooth decay by slowing the breakdown of enamel and increasing the rate of the remineralization process.

  2. Floss between your teeth every day – Don’t forget to floss! Flossing can also help lessen your chances of heart disease. Additionally, both brushing and flossing help to keep plaque formation at bay. Plaque is a sticky substance that forms on your teeth and can lead to tooth decay and gum disease.

  3. Cut down on sugary food and drinks – High sugar foods are not good for your teeth!

  4. Don’t smoke or chew tobacco.

  5. If you drink alcohol, drink only in moderation.

Taking care of your teeth and gums is especially important if you: have diabetes or cancer, are an older adult, and if you’re pregnant. 

Please don’t hesitate to contact our office if you have any questions about oral health or how to take care of your teeth.

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