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Have you ever wondered what steps are the most important to ensure you’re at optimum oral health? For each individual, it can vary drastically, but there are a few key points that time and again can save a smile. This includes brushing your teeth twice daily and flossing once daily as well as regular trips to your dentist for checkups and cleanings. However, there are plenty of other things you could be doing to keep your smile in optimum health.

The food you eat can play a heavy role in the state of your teeth. Always strive for foods from all five food groups daily. After eating, harmful acids may linger than can eat away at your tooth enamel. Try using mouthwash or sugarless gum to wash away the acids or neutralize their effects. Mouthwash can also help deal with halitosis, also known as bad breath.

If you are an athlete or an adrenaline junkie, it’s likely that you are involved in high-risk activities that can easily damage your teeth. If there is even the slightest risk of tooth damage, make sure to wear the appropriate safety gear and equipment to ensure your smile can last for many years to come. If you are engaged in any dangerous bad habits like chewing or smoking tobacco, remove these habits from your life as soon as possible.

If you would like to schedule an appointment with George R. Hussey, DDS, FAGD, please call our dentist office in Arlington, Washington at 360.653.5197. Dr. George R. Hussey and the rest of our team look forward to improving your smile!