When it comes to oral health, two of the most important factors are your diet and your home hygiene routine.
To keep your teeth healthy, avoid eating too many sugars and other refined carbs. Also avoid acidic foods and beverages, especially sodas and energy drinks that are extremely acidic and filled with sugar. How you eat is also important. Snacking throughout the day or sipping on acidic and sugary drinks all day can increase your risk of cavities and gum disease.
For home hygiene, it’s important to brush your teeth twice daily and floss every day. This will remove damaging oral bacteria from your teeth and gums to protect them from acidic attacks.
The third key factor is making regular dental checkups and professional cleanings. At your checkup and cleaning, your hygienist will clean your teeth, removing hardened plaque deposits, called tartar, that you can’t safely remove at home. Then your dentist will examine your teeth for signs of decay.