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Are you an expert when it comes to caring for your teeth and gums? Brushing and flossing are central to good oral health, but there are more things you can do to supplement your daily dental routine.

First, it’s important to remember the basics. Have you been brushing and flossing properly? Ideally, brush twice a day for two minutes each session, and floss once a day for 2-3 minutes each session. Also, you can use an ADA approved therapeutic mouthwash after meals if you like.

If you use tobacco or recreational drugs, it is time to quit. Add oral emergencies and tooth decay to the list of damage those kinds of habits inflict your body. You can do it!

Next, how can you up your game? Here are a few tips:

Try to avoid snacks between meals, as this can raise your risk for tooth decay, gum disease, and oral emergencies such as chipped or cracked teeth. Always eat a healthy and balanced diet with lots of calcium, protein, and phosphorus. Try to limit sugars and acidic foods such as fruit juices, soda, and alcoholic beverages. Avoid bad habits such as chewing on ice or biting your nails.

Try not to brush for 30 minutes after eating, as your teeth are extra sensitive to abrasions during that period. Instead, try chewing sugar-free gum for 20 minutes after a meal to help keep your mouth clean as you prepare to brush.

If you play sports, use appropriate mouth protection. The better protected your teeth are, the better off you will be if an accident should happen.

Finally, don’t forget to schedule your regular dental appointment at VIP Smiles! Regular check-ups by Dr. Shad Ingram and professional cleanings by our team will help catch problems early, as well as take care of plaque buildup for a strong, healthy smile. If you are in Syracuse, Utah, all 801-776-3000 to set up your appointment today!