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Looking to keep your pearly whites for a very long time? You're not alone. When it comes to dental health, an ounce of prevention is definitely worth a pound of cure. Prevent bad tooth health using these great tips.

 Floss every day. Flossing is still not popular in the US,

but has been shown to prevent cavities, freshen breath, and even improve a person's general health. Don't know how to floss? Ask your local dentist to show you.  Mouthwash is a must after meals. It can prevent gingivitis in many cases.  Although the minimum amoint of brushing that a person should do is twice a day, most dentists consider it a smarter move to brush after every meal. The cleaner the teeth, the healthier they are.

 Looking to whiten your teeth? It's actually not

beneficial for your dental health to bleach your teeth, but if you are focused on a pearly white smile, it's still doable. Tell your dentist to match the whites of your teeth to the whites of your eyes for a natural look.  Did you know that most people do not brush their teeth long enough to actually reap the full benefits of brushing? Brush your teeth for at least 2 minutes every time.

 There are certain foods which are downright toxic to

teeth. Super-sweet foods such as candy are well-known to be terrible. However, a worse culprit is soda. Cocacola can actually dissolve a tooth within days if the tooth is submerged and left in a can. Do you really want that stuff in your mouth?  As a general rule, too much acidic food can cause canker sores, cavities, and worse. Although you shouldn't avoid all acidic food, try to balance it out with more natural, healthy options as well.  Go at least once a year to a dentist. Most insurance offers full coverage for preventive therapy, so you might as well take advantage of it.

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