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How can I take care of my teeth and gums at home?

Not being able to get to your dentist in St. Paul, MN for routine dental care is no excuse for letting your oral health take a back seat. In fact, there are several things you can and should do during this time to help protect your smile from cavities and gum disease.

Be Diligent with Oral Hygiene

You know the routine; now, you just need to be proactive with it. Brush your teeth at least twice a day and floss once to eliminate plaque that sits on your teeth and attracts bacteria that lead to cavities and periodontal disease.

Brushing before bedtime and the first thing in the morning is ideal, but anytime is beneficial. Flossing once a day removes plaque buildup between your teeth that your brush can’t reach.

Eat Foods that Support Oral Health

Avoid eating sweets and starchy foods that allow acid to build up on your teeth and eat away at dental enamel. Also, limit fruit juices and sports drinks as they are high in both acid and sugar.

If you can’t get to the dentist for a while, it’s best to stay away from very hard or crunchy foods that could break or crack a tooth. Avoid gummies or chewy candies that can pull out a crown or filling.

Call Your St. Paul Dentist to Schedule

There’s no substitute for preventive dental visits that include teeth cleanings and exams, but these simple steps can help you avoid many routine oral health problems. As soon as you are able, call your St. Paul, MN dentist to arrange an appointment to get back to a healthy oral care routine.

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