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Simple tips for healthy teeth from Bolivar Missouri Dentist, Bolivar Smiles; as recommended by American Dental Association .

  • Brush your teeth twice daily with fluoride toothpaste and clean between your teeth daily with floss or an inter dental cleaner. This takes just a few minutes a day. Use a correct toothbrush, and brush and floss correctly.
  • Eat a balanced diet for good overall health, selecting a variety of foods from the five main food groups (bread, cereals, and other grain products; fruits; vegetables; meat, poultry, fish and alternatives; milk, cheese, and yogurt), and limit snacks.
  • See your dentist regularly for a dental examination and professional cleaning – a key to helping prevent tooth decay and gum disease.
  • If you experience the following, then you have chances of a periodontal disease:
  • Gums bleeding during brushing
  • Red and/or swollen gums
  • Gums that have pulled away from the teeth, Pus between the teeth and gums
  • Bad breath
  • Loose teeth
  • Ask your dentist about cosmetic options for improving the appearance of teeth that are stained or chipped.
  • Don’t use tobacco products; they can increase your risk of gum disease and cancer of the mouth and throat.
  • Don’t chew on hard objects that could crack a tooth.
  • Don’t ignore gums that bleed when you brush or floss or changes in the way your teeth fit together when you bite.
  • Wear a mouth guard when playing active sports.