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How can I take better care of my teeth?

Carol Jahn
Dentist
The best way to take better care of your teeth is partner with your dentist and dental hygienist. They will work with you to help you get your mouth in better shape and keep it that way. On the home care side, be sure to brush twice daily with a fluoridated toothpaste and clean between your teeth once a day with product you like and feel comfortable using; string floss, floss holder, toothpick, interdental brush, or a Water Flosser are some ideal choices.
You can take better care of your teeth by brushing twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste and a soft-bristled toothbrush. It's also important to floss your teeth daily. To help prevent cavities and tooth decay, limit your consumption of sugary foods and snacks. If you smoke, stop. Smoking can increase the risk of periodontal (gum) disease. Finally, see your dentist regularly.
Regular dental checkups, professional teeth cleanings and periodontal screenings are important to detect and treat dental problems early. Before dental treatment, let your dentist know:
  • if you have been diagnosed with diabetes
  • if the disease is under control
  • if there have been any changes in your medical history
  • the names of all prescription and over-the-counter drugs you are taking.
If you notice signs and symptoms of oral disease, contact the dental office immediately. Practice good oral hygiene at home, follow your physician’s dietary and medication instructions and schedule regular dental checkups for a healthy smile.

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