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At Preferred Dental Care in Los Alamitos, California, we are pleased to offer tips that can help you create and maintain a healthy, confident smile for years to come.

To promote good oral health, you should eat a balanced, low-sugar, low-starch diet and concentrate on tooth-friendly foods such as protein, dairy, whole grains, fresh fruit and vegetables. A tooth-friendly diet, and keeping your smile healthy with daily brushing and flossing along with bi-annual dental exams and cleanings will serve you for a lifetime of good oral health. Today we would like to share four smile savers that will support your oral health efforts. Let’s take a look!

First, replace your toothbrush every three months or when the bristles start to fray. We promote the use of a soft-bristled toothbrush that has a small to medium head to fit properly inside your mouth to clean.

Second, whenever you can brush after eating (such as eating out), rinse your mouth with an antibacterial mouthwash to kill bacteria. Water can also be used if you don’t have mouthwash with you, to rinse oral debris and dilute acids in the saliva.

Thirdly, bad habits such as chewing on ice, biting your nails, and snacking on candy can sabotage a healthy smile. Try chewing on sugar-free gum instead. If you routinely drink soda, coffee, or tea, switch to water or milk instead to promote healthy teeth and gums and avoid tooth stains, decay, gum disease, dry mouth and bad breath.

And finally, when you engage in sports or recreational activities that expose you to oral trauma, wear a sports guard to protect your teeth and oral tissues. Also, if you have bruxism (grinding or clenching your teeth) while you sleep, and if you grind or clench your teeth in your sleep, protect your teeth, gums, jaw, and jaw joints by wearing a protective night guard at night.

For more information on how you can save your smile from harm or to schedule an appointment with our dentists, Dr. Chris Gibe and Dr. Serge Lokot, please call 562-431-1349 today!