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There are steps you can take to ensure a healthier smile. Healthy teeth and gums aren’t just for a pretty smile, but to allow you to eat and speak properly too! A healthy smile, free from tooth decay and gum disease also improves your overall well-being.

This matters, because bacteria live in the mouth in the form of dental plaque. This sticky film, if left alone, can cause tooth decay (cavities) and gingivitis (gum disease) to develop, which can also lead to periodontal (advanced gum) disease if it is left untreated.

Strong oral hygiene habits, such as brushing and flossing will not only minimize problems with your smile but will prevent more costly, invasive treatment down the road. Let’s look at what you can do to ensure a healthier smile:

1- Make sure to brush your teeth at least twice a day and floss daily. Many people prefer flossing before bedtime to get rid of stray food particles and oral debris.

2- Keep all six-month dental checkups and cleanings to remove hardened plaque (tartar) from your smile.

3- Eat healthy, balanced meals sustain a healthier smile.

4- Avoid or limit snacking, particularly sugary, starchy foods and drinks.

5- To make sure that your dental products are safe and effective, use products with the American Dental Association seal of acceptance on them.

6- If you are prone to cavities, use products with fluoride in them, such as toothpaste and mouthwash.

Ensuring a healthier smile isn’t difficult, it just takes commitment. To schedule your next cleaning, please call our Country Club Dental team at 209.451.2848 today. Our dentist, Dr. Param Gill in Stockton, California, is happy to help you to create your healthiest smile!