What can you do to ensure your oral health is ideal?

Here are the top 10 tips for keeping your gums and mouth happy:

  1. Brush (in the morning and before bed-time) and brush thoroughly.
  2. Use a toothpaste that contains fluoride.
  3. Replace your toothbrush every 3 or 4 months. Also, consider trying a new toothbrush after you have had a sickness like a cold or strep throat.
  4. Don’t cover your toothbrush or store it in a closed container. This can encourage growth of bacteria.
  5. Eat lots of calcium rich foods like milk, yogurt, and cheese. This helps the bones; yes, even in your mouth.
  6. As much as possible, avoid sticky sweets, such as soft candies, toffees, taffies, and suckers.
  7. If you chew gum, chew sugar-free brands.
  8. Floss consistently.
  9. Maintain 6 month check ups.
  10. Quit smoking.

The health of your mouth is in your…err…hands.  There are tangible things you can be doing in between regularly scheduled appointments, to keep your oral future bright!