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Tips for Taking Care of Your Teeth for a Lifetime

By Genevieve Cunningham

How good are your dental habits? If you're like the majority of people, your habits are probably somewhere in the middle. You probably brush regularly and floss most of the time. You may or may not visit the dentist. For the most part, you probably don't give it much thought. But maybe we should. Maybe our dental habits are more important than we realize. And maybe mediocre just isn't good enough. But what can you really do to improve the health of your mouth? If you want clean and healthy dental habits for better health overall, take a look at these tips that you should be doing every day.

Brush and Floss

It seems obvious, but many skip these two easy steps a little too much. In order to keep bacteria out of your mouth, it's important to brush at least twice per day. If you eat a lot of sugar, you may need an additional brush. And even more importantly, you really need to be flossing at least every night. Floss gets trapped food and bacteria out of your mouth. Don't skip your daily brushing and flossing, and your dental health will make massive improvements.

Take Supplements

To really keep your teeth and gums healthy, you have to eat the right foods. While it would be ideal to get all of the proper nutrients through a healthy diet, that's not always possible. To fill in any gaps, you can take some supplements that are helpful to this part of your body. This might include calcium, Vitamins D and C, and collagen. Find a concoction that works for you, and your health may improve in small increments over time.

See Your Dentist

Seeing the dentist is just as important as seeing the doctor, and yet the vast majority of people completely skip it. Why? Fear. Money. Time. But if you want to be healthy, you really need to be brave, spend the money, and make the time to see the professionals. Dentists aren't as scary as you think, and honestly, the damage probably isn't as bad as you think either. But the sooner you go, the better chance the dentist has at getting your teeth in optimal health. Make this a part of your routine, and don't skip anymore. 

Your dental health is really important. Not only does it affect your appearance, but it can affect other aspects of your health too -- like your heart and circulation. Make sure you're doing all you can to keep yourself well. With good habits and a little luck, you can keep healthy teeth for the rest of your life.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Escondido, Calif.

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