Preventive dental care is important no matter your age. By faithfully sticking to an oral hygiene regimen at home and seeing your dentist every six months, you can keep your smile healthy for many years to come. Below are a few suggestions that may help you prevent the dental health problems associated with plaque and decay:
To remove food particles and plaque from the surface of your teeth, brush at least twice a day with a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste. Tiny food particles and bacteria like to hang out on your tongue, so don’t forget to brush that, as well.
Bacteria can hide out between your teeth and under your gum line where toothbrush bristles can’t reach. To keep your entire mouth clean and fresh, you must floss at least once per day.
Avoid sugary, sticky treats. Instead, opt for raw veggies, fruits, and calcium-rich dairy products. When you do indulge in a gooey snack, brush your teeth soon after to minimize the amount of time the sugars spend on your teeth.