While there are often tips on how to care for one’s skin or eyes, there is less emphasis on oral health. Given that your teeth are an integral part of your digestive system and play a vital role in overall health, your teeth and gums deserve as much as attention as any other part of your body.

Here are some top tips to look after your health:

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  1. Brush your teeth at least twice a day

Brush your teeth with fluoride toothpaste twice a day for about 2 minutes to help keep your teeth and mouth healthy. Regular brushing helps to combat plaque which is a film of bacteria that coats your teeth if you don’t brush them properly. It contributes to gum disease and tooth decay. Tooth brushing stops plaque from building up. Try to make sure you brush every surface of all your teeth.

2. Floss between your teeth

Some people may not have large enough spaces in between their teeth such that brushing is enough. As such, flossing can be a useful alternative. Floss or use an interdental brush every day to remove food, debris and plaque lodged between your teeth.

3. Reduce your sugar intake

Have a healthy lifestyle, including eating well, not smoking and limiting your alcohol and sugar intake. It’s good for your whole body, including your teeth, gums and mouth.

4. Brush baby teeth as soon as they come through

Start brushing a baby’s teeth as soon as they come through. You can start brushing your baby’s teeth as soon as they start to come through. Use a baby toothbrush with a tiny smear of fluoride toothpaste.

5. Inculcate Healthy Tooth Care habits in Children

Help your child have healthy teeth for life by having a good dental health routine. It’s important to use a fluoride toothpaste, as this helps prevent and control tooth decay.

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6. Straighten crooked teeth with braces

More and more teenagers (and some adults) are having braces and orthodontics to straighten their teeth.

he purpose of orthodontic treatment is to make the best of your teeth.

This includes straightening your teeth so you’re able to care for your teeth and gums more easily, and improving your bite so you can eat more comfortably. And your smile will benefit too.

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7. Have regular dental check ups

Have regular check-ups with your dentist. Don’t put off going for a check-up. Detecting problems early can mean they’re easier to treat.

If problems aren’t treated, they may lead to damage that’s harder, or even impossible, to repair.

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