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We all know that we are supposed to brush our teeth twice a day and floss our teeth once every day. What else can you do to take care of your teeth and gums? Here a couple things to know as you keep your smile healthy and strong.

Eat Well–Eating well directly affects both your overall and your oral health. Be sure to get a rainbow of vegetables and fruit to ensure you are getting sufficient vitamins and minerals. Also include plenty of calcium and lean protein. Many people turn to dairy for calcium intake, however, you can also get calcium from dark leafy greens, beans, fortified orange juice, and other products.

Chew Gum– After you eat, your teeth and gums are more sensitive to abrasion. The act of brushing is inherently abrasive,, and toothpastes have mild abrasives. Thus, brushing your teeth immediately after eating or drinking can actually be harmful to your teeth and gums. Chew sugar-free gum for 20 minutes instead. This stimulates saliva flow, which in turn fights cavities. Make sure to get a product that actually helps your teeth; sugared gum does stimulate saliva flow, but also feeds the bacteria that ruin your teeth.

For more information, call Appalachian Dental at 865-379-7555. If you are in the Alcoa, Tennessee area, be sure to schedule an appointment with Dr. Greg Cook today!