Preventive dental care is very important throughout life, regardless of age. By maintaining proper oral hygiene at home and going for regular check-ups to your dentist, you can keep your mouth healthy for many years to come. Below are a few simple ways to prevent building-up of plaque and cavities:
Brush your teeth twice daily with a soft-bristled toothbrush. Use fluoridated toothpaste. Also brush the top surface of your tongue to remove any extra plaque-causing food particles, this will help keeping your breath fresh!
At night use floss to clean between your teeth. Also use a mouthwash this will help in reducing Bacterial growth. Floss and mouthwash will help remove plaque and food particles from between teeth where toothbrush bristles cannot reach.
Eat a balanced diet, and avoid extra-sugary treats at night especially before going to bed. Foods such as raw vegetables, plain yogurt, cheese, or fruits will help in keeping your smile healthy.
Remember to schedule regular check-ups with your dentist every six months.
If you play sports, ask your dentist about mouth-guards designed to protect your teeth from an injury.