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3 Care Tips For Keeping Your Teeth Healthy And Clean

by Andre Daniels

Taking good care of your teeth is important for both your personal and professional life. You probably know that brushing and flossing regularly helps you achieve healthy teeth, but there are other proactive measures you can take that are just as effective. 

Drink the Right Beverages 

A lot of people fail to realize that the drinks they consume on a daily basis drastically affect their teeth health. For example, coffee is a darker liquid that can leave stains with regular use. Tea, also naturally dark, can have the same effect. Then you have sugary sodas, which over time, can erode your tooth enamel and cause cavities to develop. 

Try to cut dark liquids out of your daily routine if you can, replacing them with milk and fluoridated water. Milk, containing rich amounts of calcium, helps strengthen your tooth enamel. With fluoridated water, you can help fight the early signs of tooth decay and prevent cavities from forming. 

Utilize Dental Cleanings

After eating a meal or drinking something sugary, residues can attach to the surface of your teeth. Even after brushing, some residues may be left over. It's important to have these residues removed before they have time to harden and cause cavities. 

You can ensure your teeth are cleaned thoroughly with dental cleanings, a process that removes plaque and tartar that has formed. Using a scaler, your dentist will remove plaque and tartar around the gum line. Then, high-powered toothbrushes are used to give your teeth a deep clean, followed by a professional flossing session. After just one visit, you'll leave the dental office with a mouth that feels rejuvenated and clean. 

Take Care of Your Toothbrush 

It sounds so simple, but one of the best things you can do for your teeth is to take good care of your toothbrush. After every brush, rinse it thoroughly and place it at an upright position.

Make sure it's stored in an open area, so that fresh air can circulate and keep your brush dry. Microorganisms, which prefer moist/wet environments, then won't be able to spread on your toothbrush. If you notice that any of the bristles on your toothbrush are damaged, go ahead and seek a replacement. 

Keeping your teeth healthy and looking great is predicated on proactive maintenance. Stay on top of it so that you don't have to worry as much about dental problems, such as teeth discoloration and teeth decay.