smile-665433_640-300x215Just because grandma and grandpa have dentures doesn’t mean you’re next in line. In fact, more and more people are able to keep their natural teeth throughout their entire lives these days because the information and resources for a healthy smile are so widely available. With a little bit of time and planning, anyone can afford to keep their teeth healthy and strong to age 100 or beyond.

1. Prevention

The first step to a lifetime of healthy teeth is adopting an attitude of prevention. This means taking regular care of your whole self, teeth included, and not waiting until something is wrong to seek care or adopt good habits. Prevention also means using common sense, like not biting down on hard objects (like ice) and avoiding sticky, sugary foods.

2. Adopt Good Brushing Techniques

All the brushing in the world won’t matter if you’re doing it wrong. Aim to spend about 2 minutes brushing using gentle up and down motions flat against the teeth, and also angling the brush at 45° to get the gumline in the front and back.

3. Floss Daily

Brushing does not effectively get in between the teeth, therefore daily floss removes the bad bacteria that the brushing misses.

4. Use Fluoride Toothpaste

Affordable toothpaste is available at any supermarket. Pick one that contains fluoride to strengthen your tooth enamel and ward off tooth decay.

5. Rinse With Water After Eating

All it takes is a little rinse with tap water to flush out extra food particles and residual acids from the mouth.

6. Don’t Smoke

Not only will avoiding or quitting smoking save you money, but it will also save your mouth from the nasty risks (gum disease, plaque, tartar, and more) associated with it.

And, it goes without saying, see your dentist regularly if you want to keep your smile bright and healthy for the rest of your days.

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