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Practicing proper dental hygiene

Are you really taking care of your mouth?


Written by Emily Garber and posted in health


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Coffee always seems to win the battle of having whiter teeth or indulging in that second cup, but what other foods and drinks should we be aware of that might hinder our dental hygiene?

Food and drink to avoid 

  • Chewing ice
  • Crunchy foods
  • Excessive citrus
  • Sticky foods
  • Sugary foods
  • Alcohol

Benefits of flossing 

The American Dental Association recommends flossing once a day; it prevents cavities and gum disease. It also removes plaque, which is the left over bacteria from your food that is left on your teeth and mouth.

How often should I visit the dentist? 

Most adults and children should see their dentist every six months for a regular teeth cleaning and check up. Even if you brush your teeth twice a day and floss, your dentist checks for problems that you cannot see or feel.

Foods that increase dental health 

  • Cheese
  • Yogurt
  • Leafy greens
  • Apples
  • Carrots
  • Celery
  • Almonds

Who is at higher risk for poor dental hygiene? 

  • Smokers
  • Pregnant women
  • Diabetics
  • People with a weak immune system
  • People who tend to get cavities or build up plaque

Sometimes we are too busy taking care of our mental and psychical health that we forget about our dental health, but practicing proper dental hygiene is just as important to maintaining a healthy body.

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Published March 23rd, 2017
Last updated March 28th, 2017
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