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3 Quick Tips For Keeping & Maintaining a Healthy Smile

This blog post is brought to you by Dr. Phillip Buckley at St Clair Family Dentistry.

Brush your teeth regularly

Most everyone knows that they should brush their teeth at least twice a day. However, almost equally important is using the correct technique. 

Brushing too aggressively can actually cause damage to your teeth and gums. Use small circular motions and a 45 degree angle. Avoid a sawing motion. Brushing your teeth should take close to 2 minutes. 

Also, use a soft bristled toothbrush instead of a hard bristle. 

Avoid Smoking

Everyone knows that smoking is bad for your health, but did you know that it is bad for your teeth and mouth? 

Smoking can increase your risk for gum disease and it slows your body’s ability to heal. 

Additionally, smoking can stain your teeth and give you bad breath. 

Drink Water Instead of Sugary Drinks

You probably know that sugary drinks such as soda, sports and energy drinks, and juice are not good for your health. Sugary drinks are one of the leading causes of dental caries. 

The bacteria in your mouth feed off of the sugar and create acid as a byproduct that eats through the enamel of your teeth. 

Drink water whenever possible instead of sugary drinks. If you do have something with a lot of sugar, rinse your mouth out afterwards. 

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