colgate_360Taking good care of your teeth and gums will help you maintain a great smile. In order to avoid dental issues and diseases, you must practice good oral hygiene and see your dentist regularly. Following these tips will protect your oral health as well as your overall health.

Brush your teeth
At least twice every day, brush your teeth using fluoride toothpaste and a soft toothbrush. Follow your dentist’s instructions for reaching all areas of your mouth using a gentle circular motion with your toothbrush. Replace your toothbrush every three months or when it begins to look worn.

Use dental floss
Using dental floss helps you remove food particles and plaque that are trapped between your teeth. Also, it’s an important part of preventing gum disease.

Stop bad habits
Do your best to stop smoking because it stains your teeth and causes bad breath. Avoid consuming drinks like red wine and coffee that are known to discolor teeth.

Eat healthy
Maintaining a nutritious diet full of vegetables and fruits can promote healthy teeth and gums.

Take vitamins
Consider taking vitamin supplements that are known to improve oral health. For example, calcium and Vitamin D both help strengthen your teeth and bones. Also, Vitamin C can help keep connective tissues like your gums healthy.

See your dentist
Choose a reputable and qualified dentist in your area for regular visits. You should strive to have checkups every six months, which consist of thorough examinations and professional cleanings. It is best to maintain checkups even when you don’t suspect you have dental issues, because your dentist can identify problems early and pursue treatment before your condition worsens.


Dr. Bullock – Woolwich NJ Dentist