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Oral health care is essential for making sure your teeth and gums can continue to function as needed for the rest of your life. If you’re willing to use the small amount of time needed to take care of your teeth and gums, you can help to avoid the often-unnecessary task of replacing missing teeth due or treating damaged teeth later in life.

Your oral health often depends on making the right calls, which includes everything from eliminating unhealthy products from your lifestyle to implementing an effective diet and cleaning your mouth as needed. When looking for ways to make sure your mouth is always clean, remember that alternative cleaning tools, such as mouthwash and sugarless chewing gum, can benefit your smile, especially when they are used after eating. However, you should never use alternative products as a substitute for brushing and flossing, which should still be done on a daily basis.

Caring for your smile also means making sure you are eating a healthy diet and staying hydrated. Limit the intake of unhealthy products, including those that are heavily laden in sugars or carbs. Because your tongue can often harbor bacteria, make sure you clean your tongue with a reliable toothbrush or tongue scraper. Don’t forget to avoid unhealthy substances such as drugs or tobacco, all of which can cause various forms of damage to your overall health.

For more information about how you can take better care of your smile, we invite you to schedule an oral exam with our dentist, Dr. John Kim, at our dental office in Phoenix, Arizona. You can contact our office at 623-780-3333.