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Taking care of your teeth isn’t hard, but sometimes it can become mindless–or we simply fall out of the habit. Here are some things to consider as you get back to basics.

Eat Well: Health starts with what you put into your body. Eat lots of calcium-filled foods, like dark leafy greens, dairy products, and beans. Eat a lot of fruits and veggies, especially crispy ones like apples, pears, and celery. Be sure to include lots of lean protein, and drink plenty of water. Your whole mouth will appreciate such a diet, from your teeth to your taste buds.

Brush: Make sure you are brushing twice a day, for two minutes each time. If you have a hard time spending that much time on teeth, try playing a favorite song for 2 minutes, or simply set a timer. Use a soft-bristled, ADA-approved toothbrush that is the right size for your mouth. Store your toothbrush upright, away from other toothbrushes, and in open air to help prevent the growth and spreading of bacteria.

Floss: Flossing is very important. Before or after you brush is fine, as long as you clean between your teeth for 2-3 minutes per day–including behind your back teeth! If typical floss is difficult for you, try other interdental cleaners such as a water flosser, floss for sensitive teeth, or a pre-strung flosser.

Finally, be sure to visit your dentist often! If you are in the Norristown, Pennsylvania area, be sure to call Carp Dental at 610-275-1565 to set your appointment today! Dr. Brian Carp and our team look forward to bringing your smile into a bright future.