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Taking care of your oral health not only means you will have a bright shiny smile, it could slash your risk for heart disease, breast cancer, or pregnancy complications. Follow these top tips to keep your mouth healthy

Clean every day

Brush twice a day and floss at least once daily to remove the plaque and bacteria that accumulates on your teeth and under your gum line. To dislodge the offending build-up take a regular soft bristle toothbrush and make a few gentle strokes down the tongue from back to front once a day

See your dentist twice a year

Your dentist will check for cavities and to see if there is plaque or tartar on your teeth. Plaque is a clear, sticky layer of bacteria. If it is not removed, it can harden and become tartar. During the cleaning, your dental professional will use special tools to remove tartar. This is called scaling.

Get dental X-rays every three years

X-rays help the dentist find and treat dental problems early in their development, which can potentially save you money, unnecessary discomfort, and maybe even your life. Show areas of decay that may not be visible with an oral exam, especially small areas of decay between teeth, Identify decay occurring beneath an existing filling, Reveal bone loss that accompanies gum disease.

Avoid acidic food after brushing

If you like Energy drinks, fizzy drinks, sour sweets and even healthy things like apple juice, orange juice, and coffee have acid that can soften tooth enamel wait half an hour before you brush. That gives your saliva time to restore tooth enamel. The mechanical action of brushing softened teeth is the perfect recipe for wearing away enamel.

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