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A winning smile requires paying attention to daily habits that keep it clean. By focusing on a few simple changes to your behavior, you can prevent tooth decay from wearing away at your grin. When it comes to oral health, an ounce of prevention can be worth a pound of cure. In today’s blog, your Brighton, MA dentist discusses the habits that improve your oral health.

Brushing And Flossing Every Day

Do you brush your teeth each morning when you wake up and in the evenings before you go to bed? If not, resolving to improve this daily habit will pay off big dividends in preventing oral bacteria from sticking to your smile. When you take the time to practice this habit, you form the basis for maintaining healthy teeth. Make sure to brush for at least two minutes each session. A brush with soft bristles can prevent damaging your gums while still effectively cleaning your enamel. We encourage you to use a toothpaste that contains fluoride, as this mineral can strengthen your enamel and even reverse the early stages of tooth decay.

Don’t forget to floss! Flossing once per day helps remove food particles stuck between teeth that your brush cannot address. Remember to go down to the gum line and pull the string of your floss against the side of each tooth on the way.

Take A Look At Your Diet

A healthy diet can improve your oral health when you take the time to plan your meal choices. Focusing on fruits and vegetables can help strengthen your teeth, and reducing sugary snacks and drinks will go a long way in preventing cavities. Oral bacteria love sugar and starch, so limiting them from your diet reduces the ability for plaque to grow!

Scheduling Routine Dental Care

When was the last time you visited your dentist? If it has been a while since your last appointment, we suggest scheduling a cleaning and examination every six months. Your checkup allows us to evaluate your oral health and detect problems so we may address them before they grow in scope. Waiting to go to the dentist until you experience a painful symptom can often require a more invasive procedure than when attending regularly. A professional cleaning will go a long way in reducing your risk for cavities and gum disease helping you remove plaque and tartar deposits.

Talk To Your Brighton, MA Dentist About Strategies To Care for Your Smile

You can enjoy a healthier smile by focusing on your daily oral care habits. To schedule a consultation or learn more about the services we provide, give us a call at Brighton Family Dental Group in Brighton, MA, today at (617) 562-5210. We proudly welcome patients from Brighton, Watertown, Cambridge, Brookline, and all surrounding communities.