Grab healthy snacks over junk food2
A healthy diet helps you avoid
If you need something sweet, try sugar-free gum. It helps increase saliva, your body's natural defense against mouth bacteria.
Water straight from the faucet has fluoride, which may help keep your teeth strong. The fewer sports drinks, flavored waters, juices, energy drinks, alcoholic beverages and carbonated beverages you have, the better. Substitute water any time you can.
If you smoke or use tobacco, quit4
You may already know what smoking does to your lungs, but did you know that it also messes with your teeth and gums? Tobacco may stain your teeth and smokers often develop dry mouth, which may lead to bad breath and may cause cavities and gum disease—or worse: cancer.
Brush twice a day, for a full 2 to 3 minutes5
You may already know how to brush teeth correctly, but you may have developed the bad habit of doing a quick once over with the toothbrush. Take the time to do a good brushing. Using a soft-bristled brush, gently scrub your teeth for a full 2 to 3 minutes. Find a song you like, pop in your ear buds, and don't quit brushing till the music stops. And remember to get a new toothbrush at least 3 or 4 times a year.
Floss every day6
Let's face it, flossing is a bore. But if it can keep your breath fresh and mouth cavity-free, it's worth it. Good flossing technique: Pull the floss up and down the sides of your teeth to help scrape off the
Keep your dental appointments7
Visiting your dentist every 6 months as recommended prevents problems from getting worse. Plus, nothing feels quite as good as a mouthful of teeth that have just been professionally cleaned.
Just follow the simple dental care steps you learned when you were younger, and dump any bad habits you may have now, before they become permanent.