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To keep your smile safe from tooth decay and gum disease, you will want to practice good oral habits. At Complete Dental of Suwanee in Suwanee, Georgia, we advise developing strong oral habits to achieve a healthy smile. This means eating a low-sugar, low-starch diet, brushing twice each day and flossing once, as well as seeing your dentist for bi-annual cleanings and checkups.

In addition, check out these tips to keep your smile safe:

— Keep your toothbrush in good shape by letting it air dry between uses and replacing it every three months, or whenever the bristles start to lose their shape. Fraying bristles won’t be able to clean your pearly whites effectively.

— If you can’t brush your teeth when you are eating out, you can rinse with mouthwash to kill those germs which invite the development of plaque. At the very least, rinse thoroughly with water to help your saliva wash away debris and neutralize harmful acids.

— Watch your habits, if you are frequently chewing on ice, biting your fingernails, or snacking on candy, you are dental problems into your life. Other harmful habits include drinking soda, coffee, tea or alcohol every day, as well as regular tobacco use. These habits can leave you with tooth discoloration, tooth decay, gum disease, dry mouth and bad breath.

— You can actively protect your smile with the help of a mouth protector if you engage in high contact sports or recreational activities. A sports guard can save you from sustaining an oral injury. If you grind or clench your teeth during the night, wearing a night guard can protect precious tooth enamel and protect your jaw and jaw joints.

We hope these dental tips keep your smile safe so you can enjoy a healthier, attractive smile. To schedule an appointment with our dentist, Dr. Neelima Chiru, please call 678-377-6453 today. Our dental team is happy to help you maintain your healthy smile!