1. Use the right tools of the trade
This includes a soft bristled brush (can be electric or manual), some floss and fluoridated toothpaste. Twice daily brushing for 2 minutes and daily flossing will reduce your risk of cavities, keep plaque at bay and even control bad breath!
2. Visit your dentist regularly
Routine examinations every 6 months can address any potential issues before they become much worse. You dentist/hygienist can also clean your teeth and gums professionally to remove plaque and keep your smile shining.
3. Eat the right foods
Avoid sugary treats as much as you can! While you can indulge in a sweet here and there, too much significantly increases your risk of decay and cavities. Focus on fruit and vegetables and if you have to have a sweet make sure you brush immediately after.
4. Give up smoking
The chemical substances found in cigarettes including nicotine and tar can turn your teeth yellow, contribute to bad breath and lead to gum disease. Quitting smoking can reduce your risk and in some cases reverse some of the damage it has caused.
5. Drink lots of water
Dehydration can lead to low saliva production. Saliva is important for washing away plaque and controlling bacteria that can stick to your teeth and cause holes in them. Water can ensure that you are producing enough saliva to prevent this from happening. In addition, water doesn’t contain the harmful and sugary substances most beverages can contain.