1. Brushing at least twice a day

Brush with a soft-bristled brush for at least two minutes and concentrate on brushing every surface (front, back, biting surface) of every tooth. For children, it is a good idea to set a watch alarm for two minutes.

2. Regular dental visits

For a normal healthy mouth, we recommend a professional cleaning and exam every 6 months. If gum disease has set in, you may need more regular visits every 3-4 months. If you haven’t been to the dentist in years, don’t let embarrassment stop you from making an appointment today.

3. Eating a balanced diet

You know eating a balanced diet is healthy for your body, but it is also important for the health of your teeth. For more information on how what you eat affects your teeth, you can read the ADA’s guide about Diet and Tooth Decay.

4. Flossing daily

Brushing alone does not remove the debris and bacteria that builds up in between teeth. According to WebMD, flossing may be even more important than brushing.

5. Wearing a mouthguard/nightguard

If you clinch or grind your teeth at night, a nightguard can help to protect your teeth. If you are active in sports, a mouthguard can help protect your teeth from being knocked out or chipped. Many young patients experience sports related injuries that lead to a lifetime of higher maintenance for their teeth. Often, these mouth injuries could be avoided with the use of a professionally made mouthguard.