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10 Tips for a Healthy Smile


More and more health-conscious people are discovering that a healthy mouth is important for their overall health. And, having a healthy smile is easier than you think. Follow these simple tips and share them with family members—they'll thank you after their next checkup.

Top 10 Oral Care Tips1

1. Brush at least twice a day—to keep gums and teeth healthy.
2. Floss daily—to loosen plaque between teeth.
3. See your dentist regularly—to fix problems before they get worse.
4. Limit soda, coffee, and alcohol—to reduce decay and discoloration.
5. See your dentist before and during pregnancy—to avoid gum infections.
6. Quit smoking—to reduce the risk of oral and throat cancers.
7. Consume more calcium—to ensure healthy gums.
8. Wear a mouth guard during sports—to prevent broken teeth.
9. Eat a healthy, well-balanced diet—to maintain an optimal weight.
10. Use an electronic toothbrush—to achieve softer, more thorough brushing.

If you haven't had a dental checkup lately, make an appointment today.

1. American Cancer Society and the Journal of Periodontology.