There's no shortcut to oral health. Setting aside a few minutes at both ends of our day to brush and floss your teeth is the only way to maintain your smile. "There are dental implants to be sure, but you're not going to get a chance at another set of teeth," says Richard H. Price, a spokesperson for the American Dental Association. "This is it."
Over time, our dental education tends to fade from memory (what is fluoride again?) so it's important to remind yourself how critical caring for your mouth is and how painful oral issues can be. Here are 10 ways to keep your teeth healthy so that you can keep them as long as possible.
See Your Dentist
This may disappoint those with dental phobia, but unless you’ve got a dental degree and a really fancy mirror, you should go to a dentist at least once a year. They’re the only ones who tell you what’s really going on inside the dark corners of your mouth. Getting your teeth checked and cleaned once or twice each year cuts down on stubborn plaque and gives your dentist a better chance of catching trouble spots early on.
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