Brush your teeth at least twice daily.
Brushing your teeth is ESSENTIAL for good oral health. Morning and evenings are recommended times for brushing. Brushing after meals or sugary drinks ensures that your teeth have less time exposed to bacteria, food, and sugar!
Use a straw for drinks.
Drinking through a straw helps avoid the surfaces of your teeth. Preventing contact of drinks to your teeth helps prevent sugar from coating and sticking to your teeth. Drinking through a straw also lowers the likelihood of staining your teeth with drinks like coffee and wine.
Flossing, accompanied by brushing, is the best way to get a full-mouth clean. Flossing reaches between your teeth and removes trapped food and bacteria that your toothbrush and/or mouthwash cannot reach alone. Colgate explains the importance of flossing here: https://www.colgate.com/en-us/oral-health/basics/brushing-and-flossing/how-important-is-flossing-0816.
Visit your dentist.
Scheduling normal visits with your dentist and dental hygienist will keep your smile in check.
Avoid using teeth as tools.
Using your teeth as tools causes damage. With the wrong job, you may chip or fracture your tooth! Take the time to use the right tools for the job, such as opening bottle caps and lids, it will save your smile.
Avoid clenching and grinding.
Clenching and grinding cause irreversible damage over time. Clenching may cause teeth to crack, fracture, and chip. Also, your jaw may hurt over time due to the stress. Grinding wears down your teeth over time, actually shortening them! People clench and grind in their sleep, so it’s important to talk to your dentist about a night guard to prevent further damage.
With anything, consistency is KEY to having a healthy smile!