It takes a lot to take great care of your body. You need to go to the gym or find some way to keep physically fit. And you need to eat healthy and nutrient foods, which also means passing up a lot of fatty and sugary items. It’s also crucial to make sure you get plenty of rest each night, and drink lots of water throughout the day. But what about your smile? Many people aren’t sure what they should be doing to keep their smiles healthy. Fortunately, great preventive dental care is fairly simple. It just requires you know how to care for your teeth and gums, and a little diligent follow-through on those steps.
If you’re already brushing your teeth twice a day, then your preventive care is off to a great start. But flossing is another important part of a hygiene routine, because it helps remove bacteria and food particles brushing leaves behind. Mouthwashes can be helpful for freshening breath and killing germs, but they’re not a substitute for flossing, either.
If you’re unsure how to floss correctly, check out this helpful instructional video from the American Dental Association, which showcases the proper technique.
As for checkups and cleanings, it is important to see the dentist even when your smile seems healthy. Most patients need to visit at least once every six months to maintain great oral health, not to mention beautiful smiles.
But some people may need even more frequent checkups, particularly those prone to cavities or anyone already struggling with gum disease.
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