The Best Ways to Take Care of Your Teeth on a Daily Basis

Maintaining your oral health does take a little effort. However, it is an essential part of maintaining your health and wellness and should be taken seriously. Twice yearly dental check-ups are a must, but it is up to you the rest of the year to keep your smile in tip top shape. Keep reading for some advice from Dr. Joseph Porter at Porter Orthodontics on how to keep your pearly whites shining bright!


Here are some simple things you should be doing daily to ensure your teeth remain healthy:

  1. Brush your teeth at least twice a day – You should brush your teeth every morning and every evening at least. However, if you want to keep your breath fresh, a quick brush after lunch never hurts! In addition, make sure you are using a toothpaste with fluoride. Fluoride helps prevent tooth decay by slowing the breakdown of enamel and increasing the rate of the remineralization process.

  2. Floss between your teeth every day – Don’t forget to floss! Flossing can also help lessen your chances of heart disease. Additionally, both brushing and flossing help to keep plaque formation at bay. Plaque is a sticky substance that forms on your teeth and can lead to tooth decay and gum disease.

  3. Cut down on sugary food and drinks – High sugar foods are not good for your teeth!

  4. Don’t smoke or chew tobacco.

  5. If you drink alcohol, drink only in moderation.

If you have diabetes or cancer, are an older adult, and if you’re pregnant, taking good care of your teeth is even more important. Still, that doesn’t mean you’re off the hook if you don’t fall into one of the categories above. 

Please don’t hesitate to contact our office if you have any questions about oral health or how to take care of your teeth.

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