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Taking care of your mouth is more than just brushing your teeth (though that is a very important part). Here are some other ways to make sure you are taking good care of your mouth.

First, be sure to support your brushing habit with an strong flossing habit! You should floss once a day, for 2-3 minutes each session. This is about the length of a typical song on the radio. Turn up the tunes and floss away! Be sure to get in between each tooth, including behind the back teeth. Bacteria that cause cavities can be harbored here, and it’s important to get the bacteria gone. It helps to remove plaque and food particles that they feed on.

If you have a hard time with conventional floss, there are other options available for interdental cleaning. Talk with Dr. Wilford Samson about which could be right for you. There are prestrung flossers, floss for sensitive teeth, water flossers, and other interdental cleaning options that you may discuss together.

Second, make sure that you eat right! Fill your diet with nutrient, mouth-healthy foods such as dairy products, dark leafy greens and other veggies, whole fruits, whole wheat, and lean protein. This will help guarantee you the nutrients you need for a strong, healthy smile.

For an extra boost after you eat, try chewing sugar-free gum for 20 minutes. This stimulates saliva production, which helps clean and strengthen teeth.

Finally, be sure to visit your dentist regularly. This will allow problems to be caught early, and help keep your teeth as clean as they can be. If you are in the Enfield, Connecticut area, be sure to call Enfield Family Dental at 860-749-2225 to set an appointment. Our team will be happy to help you keep your smile strong and bright!