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Everyone strives to drop bad habits and begin good habits that are healthy. One of the best habits to promote is proper oral health maintenance.

A slew of problematic dental diseases can be erased by exercising good oral hygiene every day. Below are some quick and easy habits to follow for healthy teeth.

Daily Adherence to Brushing and Flossing

At a minimum, brushing 2x per day with a soft-bristled toothbrush using toothpaste containing fluoride is a beneficial practice. Gently clean the gumline where plaque builds up to clean food and bacteria from your teeth. In addition to that, flossing once a day gets to the places your brushing misses. Also, buy a new toothbrush when the bristles fray.

Healthy Eating

Reduce or eliminate foods and drink that contain sugar or starches, and load up on fruits and vegetables. Just like your mother told you, doing this not only helps to maintain a healthy weight, but it also increases saliva production which defends against tooth decay.

Regular Dental Check-ups and Cleaning

Detecting dental problems before they become complicated is critical. So, be sure to visit your dentist for frequent check-ups and professional cleanings. The acceptable time between visits should be no longer than 6 months.  

Limit Alcohol

Research says that chronic alcoholism is related to cancer of the mouth and throat. If you drink heavily, seek balance and limit your consumption.

Avoid Tobacco Products

The use of any type of tobacco product: cigarettes, pipes, cigars, and chewing tobacco can instigate periodontal (gum) disease, not to mention many types of oral and throat cancer.

If you are interested in learning more about your oral health, call Dr. Michael Sanders for more information. Please contact Eagle Summit Dental Group to make an appointment at: 907-694-8234, or come by our office in Eagle River, Alaska.