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So, you brush and floss your teeth every day. Or maybe you don’t…but there is much more to dental hygiene than just that. Brushing and flossing is great, but if you want great teeth, there is more that you need to pay attention to.

Everything that you consume and every movement you make with your mouth contributes to your oral health. Checkout these 10 tips for improving your dental hygiene that go beyond simply brushing and flossing your teeth.
Eat these!
Eat plenty of foods with calcium. Calcium is great for bone health and your teeth. Cheese, milk and yogurt are all great foods that can improve your oral health.
Avoid or limit these.
Limit sugary snacks and drinks, especially before bed. Sugar is basically bacteria food because with it bacteria can thrive and cause decay and plaque buildup. If you must have a sugary treat – because face it, we all have our vices – then be sure to brush your teeth afterwards.
Get to the dentist!
Dental visits are vital to your oral health. It is recommended to visit your dentist for a cleaning/checkup every 6 months and whenever you are experiencing constant mouth pain. Sure, you can clean your teeth with brushing and flossing and mouth rinses, but even with that, plaque buildup and tartar (which can’t be removed with a toothbrush) form and your dentist can remove it.
Rinse that mouth.
Fluoride rinses and mouth wash are a great addition to your dental hygiene regimen. Use a fluoride rinse right before bed so the fluoride can set on your teeth and strengthen them over night. Or use a mouth wash every morning to kill bacteria and fight bad breath.
Clean your tongue.
You should clean the surface of your tongue every day when you brush your teeth. You can purchase a professional tongue cleaner which will remove more bacteria than you can alone, or scrub you tongue (gently!) with your toothbrush. This will help eliminate bad odors in your mouth.
Change your toothbrush.
Yes, I know I said “besides” brushing, but this is really about the brush itself. It’s best to replace your toothbrush every 3-4 months. Toothbrushes don’t last forever and will deteriorate with age and use, so do yourself and favor and switch it up.
Be aware of your mouth.
You should be aware of how your mouth feels. If you have a consistent tooth pain, don’t just brush it aside until your dentist appointment 4 months down the road. Set up an appointment as soon as you can to get it checked out. If you have a cracked tooth or decay, your dentist can prevent it from getting worse. No one wants to get a root canal.
Your oral health goes beyond brushing and flossing, and it can have a greater effect on your entire body than you might know. Beyond appearances and keeping your mouth clean, a lack of dental hygiene can lead to diabetes, heart disease, infections, eating and speaking disabilities, and other potentially life-threatening problems. Take care of your teeth for better overall health.
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