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Q: Do you have any helpful tips on how to care for my teeth?

Posted January 14, 2015 in Advice Column, Winterset

A: Happy New Year!  Now is the perfect time to add improving your oral hygiene habits into your New Year’s resolutions! Taking care of your mouth is very important. Neglecting your oral health can lead to cavities and gum disease.  These, in turn, will lead to pain, tooth loss, poor appetite, low self-esteem, and difficulty speaking for starters.  In other words, your life will be negatively affected.  Studies have even linked poor oral health to other systematic diseases, such as diabetes and heart disease. Taking steps to insure good oral hygiene and dental care will help you maintain a bright, healthy smile for years to come.

Tips to a healthier smile:

  1. Brush your teeth properly at least two times a day for two minutes each time. A quick scrub here and there does not count.  Be sure to brush your tongue also.
  2. Floss your teeth daily. Your toothbrush cannot get in between teeth, but food can!
  3. Use a fluoride mouth rinse daily to strengthen the enamel.
  4. Pay attention to your diet. It’s not only important for your waistline, but also for your teeth!
  5. Visit your dentist regularly.

The definition of regular dental visits differs for everyone.  People with other health issues and pregnant women are more susceptible to mouth problems. It is important to share your medical history with your dentist so they can better serve your needs.

Information provided by Dr. Christopher W. Blanchard, Blanchard Family Dentistry, 820 West Summit St., 462-4474.

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