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Are you doing everything you can when it comes to caring for your teeth and gums? Brushing and flossing are central to good oral health, but there are more things you can do to supplement your daily dental routine.

First, the basics: Have you been brushing and flossing properly? Ideally, brush twice a day for two minutes each session, and floss once a day for 2-3 minutes each session. Also, it is recommended to use a mouthwash after meals if required.

Try to avoid snacks between meals as this can raise your risk for tooth decay and gum disease. Always eat a healthy and balanced diet with lots of calcium, protein, and phosphorus. Try not to brush for 30 minutes after eating, as your teeth are extra sensitive to abrasions during that period. Instead, try chewing sugar-free gum for 20 minutes after a meal to help keep your mouth clean.

When participating in any contact sports or high-risk activities, protect your teeth and gums by wearing safety equipment as necessary. The better protected your mouth is, the better off you will be should an accident occur.

If you use tobacco or recreational drugs, it’s time to quit. Add oral emergencies and tooth decay to the list of damage those kinds of habits do to your body.

Finally, don’t forget to schedule your regular dental appointment at Smile Design - Family & Cosmetic Dentistry in Durham, North Carolina! Regular check-ups by Dr. Erfan Imeni and professional cleanings by our team will help catch problems early, as well as take care of plaque buildup for a strong, healthy smile. Call 919-220-5505 to set up your appointment today!