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When it comes to something as important as your smile, you are never too old to review the basics. Here are some things to remember as you evaluate your at-home dental routines.

Brush and Floss:  You should be brushing your teeth for 2 minutes, 2 times a day (2×2) and flossing once a day. Brushing should include cleaning your teeth with a soft-bristled toothbrush, and thoroughly but gently scrubbing the inside, outside, and chewing surfaces of each tooth. Flossing works in concert with brushing, removing plaque and food debris from in between your teeth. If you are new at the flossing habit, it is normal to feel a little discomfort; if it persists for more than 2 weeks, talk to Dr. Nirmal Aujla.

Eat Well: Make sure you avoid sticky, sugary foods. Limiting your acidic food intake is also wise. The bacteria that live in your mouth convert sugars into acid, and that acid eats away at your tooth enamel. Wine, sports drinks, hard candy, sugared gum, dried fruit, and potato chips can all do damage to your teeth.

Chew Gum: After you eat, particularly acid foods, your teeth are more sensitive to abrasion. As toothpaste commonly has abrasive elements to help clean teeth–and the act of brushing is inherently abrasive–brushing right after eating is not typically a good idea, if you can help it. Instead, try chewing a piece of sugar-free gum. This will stimulate saliva production, cleaning your mouth and neutralizing the acids present.

Of course, it is vital that you see the dentist biannually to ensure your mouth stays healthy and any problems are caught early. If you are in the Watertown, New York area, call Jefferson Dental Health PC at 315-788-7070 to set up an appointment with Dr. Nirmal Aujla today!