Smile away! The secret to a lifelong smile is to maintain good dental habits. It’s not hard, but it doesn’t come without some effort. Here are five tips for maintaining healthy teeth for life.
- It starts at home. Establish a routine for oral care, brushing your teeth twice daily and flossing at least once a day. Use fluoride toothpaste to ensure proper protection from tooth decay.
- People with a high risk of tooth decay, gum disease or hereditary oral issues should visit the dentist every three to four months.
- Don’t ignore dental aches and pains.
“Be positive If you have kids, speak positively about dental care and share positive experiences about the dentist. Limit sugary and starchy foods in the house and create healthy meals that are rich in calcium, vitamin D, vitamin A and phosphorus. Calcium sources: almonds, dairy products, leafy green vegetables and beans Vitamin D: sunshine, oranges and dairy products Vitamin A: sweet potatoes, carrots and eggs Phosphorus: meat, fish, poultry, sunflower and pumpkin seeds More t”