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6 Smart Actions for Your Dental Health

 
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World Oral Health Day is March 20, and it’s time to “Live Mouth Smart” by brushing up on your mouth healthy know-how. After all, our choppers do more than help us chow down. They help us to smile, laugh, and talk—gestures we oftentimes take for granted. 

To celebrate healthy smiles and laughs across the globe, we put together some smart choices you can make for a lifetime of dental health.
 
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Visit Your Dentist

This one’s a no brainer. Regular trips to your dentist are about more than just maintenance; they are an important preventative measure that will save you time and money down the road. Your dentist can catch early signs of disease, help you develop healthy habits, and be a vital part of your care team if you have an overall medical condition or are pregnant. Learn more reasons to see a dentist.
 
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Brush and Clean Between Your Teeth Daily

Healthy habits like brushing and cleaning between your teeth go a long way in preventing cavities and keeping a healthy smile. Remember to brush for two minutes, twice a day. Look for toothbrushes, toothpastes, and flossing tools with the ADA Seal of Acceptance. If you need help getting your kids to brush their teeth, or need help breaking bad brushing habits, ask your dentist for advice.
 
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Protect Your Smile

Prevent damage to your pearly whites throughout the day and while you play. Sealants are a safe and effective coating that adheres to the chewing surface of your back teeth. They’ve been shown to reduce the risk of tooth decay by nearly 80% in back molars (the teeth you use most to chew). Mouthguards can protect your teeth during contact sports.
 
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Practice Healthy Nutrition Habits

What you put in your mouth affects your general health and that of your teeth and gums. Sugar can be a cavity culprit because it gives the cavity-causing bacteria in your mouth something to feed on. Once this happens, acid is produced that can cause holes to form in your enamel. Good nutrition shows as well. Healthy foods that contain calcium can strengthen your teeth. Discover foods that are good for your dental health, and strategies to cut sugary snacking for kids.
 
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Drink Water From the Tap

The healthiest beverage for your teeth is water—especially if it’s fluoridated. Studies show drinking water with fluoride can help prevent tooth decay by at least 25%. Learn more about water fluoridation and why water is the best drink for your teeth.
 
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Know What to Look for at Every Stage of Life

With the proper care, your teeth can last you a lifetime. Brush your teeth twice a day for two minutes, clean between your teeth once a day, eat a healthy diet and see your dentist regularly. Although different ages and stages in life may require different types of care, good dental health possible whether you’re 8 or 80. Discover resources for taking care of your teeth at every age.