In order to keep your teeth healthy, it is important to develop a good dental care routine early in life and maintain them as you get older. You can do this by practicing good oral hygiene, eating a healthy diet, and supplementing these good habits with professional care when necessary.
1. Brush each morning and each evening.
When you brush you should do so fo at least two minutes. This will give you the time you need to get to all surfaces of your teeth. Make sure you remember the backs of your teeth.
2. Go to a dentist if you notice a problem developing.
Don’t wait until it’s extremely painful. If you don’t have dental insurance, you may be able to find affordable care by contacting dental schools, searching for free clinics online at the websites of organizations like the American Dental Association or the American
Dental Hygienists Association, or contacting your community health center or local health department.
3. Reduce the amount of alcohol you drink.
Alcohol damages the enamel on your teeth and increases your risk of tooth decay.
4. Eat less sticky foods.
These foods leave a thin layer of sugar on your teeth which is difficult to remove and increases your risk of tooth decay.
5. Don’t smoke.
Smoking will stain your teeth yellow, give you bad breath, and make you more likely to get gum disease or mouth cancers.
6. Limit your sugar consumption.
Sugar erodes the enamel on your teeth because as it breaks down, it produces acid which wears away your enamel. This makes you more likely to get cavities and tooth decay.
7. Brush or scrape your tongue.
The surface of your tongue is uneven. This means that food particles and bacteria often get trapped there. This then becomes a source of bacteria which gets transferred to your teeth.
8. Use a fluoride toothpaste.
Flouride protects the enamel and makes you less likely to get cavities. But it is important that the toothpaste have enough fluoride to be effective. Check to make sure it has at least 1,350-1500 ppm.
9. Brush each morning and each evening.
When you brush you should do so for at least two minutes. This will give you the time you need to get to all surfaces of your teeth. Make sure you remember the backs of your teeth.