Our teeth are crucial to our health. Imagine life without them, or with teeth that are painful and broken. It wouldn’t be easy, and not only would it be bad for our health – physical and mental – it would be bad for our confidence and self-esteem as well. This is why we’re taught from such an early age to brush our teeth twice a day. However, it does take a lot more to maintain healthy teeth, and although brushing is a good start, it’s not enough. Read on to find out what else is needed to ensure your teeth stay healthy and useful for as long as possible.

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Flossing is the extra added element to your daily oral hygiene routine that can make a big difference, even though it only takes a few minutes (if that) to do. Brushing only keeps the surface of your teeth clean, but flossing ensures that every area in between your teeth is cleaned as well. 

This is massively important since these are the places where small particles of food can get stuck. If they aren’t removed (via flossing in most cases) then they will stay where they are and decay, resulting in bad breath and tooth decay. It might even cause you to develop gum disease which has a knock-on effect on the rest of your health and can even lead to heart disease

Visit Your Dentist Regularly

No matter how good your oral hygiene routine is at home, there is nothing quite like visiting a dentist for the ultimate in teeth care. They will have all the correct dental instruments to carry out a thorough examination of your mouth, ensuring that all is well and picking up on any potential problems before they become too much of an issue. 

Visiting your dentist twice a year is enough to make sure that nothing untoward is missed, and as long as you carry on taking care of your teeth at home as well and following any instructions that your dentist has given you, then your teeth should stand an excellent chance of staying very healthy indeed.  

Not only can a dentist help with the health of your mouth and teeth, but you can also book a cleaning appointment wherein a professional will remove any plaque and debris that you haven’t been able to manage yourself. Do this twice a year and your teeth will be stronger than ever.  

Avoid Certain Things 

Some things are going to leave staining on your teeth and should be avoided if you want to keep them healthy. These include tobacco products (this can also cause various cancers, including oral cancers, so it’s wise to give this habit up as soon as possible anyway), coffee, and red wine. 

Other products to avoid include anything full of sugar such as candy, alcohol, and soft drinks. If you do have any of these products, then make sure you brush your teeth as soon as you can afterward to remove as much of the damage-inducing sugar as you can.

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