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If you want to keep your smile in top condition, you will want to practice good oral hygiene habits. At Monte Vista Dental in Turlock, California, we promote a low-sugar, low-starch diet in favor of eating tooth-friendly foods including protein, dairy, whole grains, and fresh fruit and vegetables. A tooth-friendly diet will nourish teeth and gums while practicing daily brushing and flossing, and seeing your dentist every six months will help to ensure a healthy smile.

Today we would like to share some tips to keep your smile in top form:

Toothbrush Care: To make sure your teeth are being cleaned properly, be sure to replace your toothbrush every three months, or whenever you notice the bristles are losing their shape or fraying.

Reduce Bacteria: Rinsing with an antimicrobial mouthwash after eating helps prevent plaque production when you can’t brush your teeth right away. If you don’t have access to mouthwash, you can still rinse well with water to boost saliva’s efforts to wash away oral debris.

Daily Habits: You you enjoy munching on ice, biting your fingernails, or snacking on candy? If so, you may want to reconsider. If you have to chew, try chewing on sugarless gum to boost saliva levels. Drinking soda, coffee, tea or alcohol every day can over time leave you with tooth stains or discoloration, invite tooth decay and gum disease, cause dry mouth and even bad breath (halitosis). Drink lots of water and milk to keep your smile healthy.

Mouth Protection: If you regularly engage in contact sports or high impact recreational activities, wearing a sports guard can save you from trauma to your teeth, gums, lips, and jaw. What if you unconsciously grind or clench your teeth while you sleep? If this is the case for you, wearing a night guard can protect your teeth, gums, jaw and jaw joints.

If you have questions about keeping your smile in top condition or want to schedule an appointment with our dentists, Drs. Param Gill and Lavanya Gill, please call our team today at 209.669.6500 and let us help!