(HealthDay News) - Good dental hygiene can protect your teeth and gums from decay and other serious problems. Left untreated, dental and gum diseases can lead to tooth loss, infection, and damage to bones and nerves.
The American Dental Association offers these guidelines for proper hygiene:
- At least twice a day (and after meals when you can), brush with a fluoride toothpaste.
- Use an antimicrobial mouthwash.
- Floss at least once each day. If possible, floss after every meal to remove food particles from between teeth.
- Get a new toothbrush at least once every three months, or whenever the brush's bristles become frayed and worn.
- Limit sugary meals, drinks and snacks.
- Visit your dentist twice a year for a cleaning and checkup.