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It’s the beginning of a new year, which means it’s time to work toward the goals you’ve set for yourself. Many people have made goals to have a stronger and healthier smile, and our Appalachian Dental dental team encourages you to make that same goal for yourself. If you have healthier teeth and gums, there’s a high chance you won’t suffer serious and dangerous dental issues. So, in order to reach this beneficial goal, we encourage you to do the following things:

Brush properly

Many people brush their teeth each day, but they don’t brush properly. To help you brush properly, work on brushing for two minutes twice a day. We also recommend brushing with a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste. Do your best to thoroughly scrub each tooth, and make sure you are soft as you brush along the gumline.

Floss daily

Flossing is just as important as brushing, so it’s best that you floss your smile at least once a day. Flossing will help you free the food particles that are stuck between your teeth, and it will also remove the plaque that grows in the crevices of your smile. This task will help you further prevent gum disease.

Chew sugarless gum

Sugarless gum is a product that can help you frequently clean your smile and prevent tooth decay. As you chew, your mouth will produce saliva. The saliva will then rinse your teeth and will neutralize the acids in your mouth, protecting your smile from dental issues.

Have a healthy diet

Having a healthy diet will help you maintain a strong and reliable oral health. This is because there are foods that are both good and bad for your teeth. So, do your best to avoid eating the unhealthy foods, like sugary treats and candy, and eat more teeth-healthy foods, like fresh fruits and veggies.

Visit your dentist

Make sure you visit your dentist twice this year. It’s very important that you professionally clean and examine your smile every six months. If you don’t, your smile will be vulnerable to tooth decay and gum disease. So, do your best to commit to your dental visits this year.

Call our office today at 865-379-7555 if you have any questions or if you would like to know more about how to take good care of your smile in Alcoa, Tennessee. Your dentist, Dr. Greg Cook, is more than happy to help you in any way he can!