1. Brush Correctly
Brush your teeth for 3 minutes when you brush, position the head of the toothbrush toward your gums at a 45 degree angle. Move the brush back and forth gently in short strokes.
2. Eat teeth damaging foods sparingly Coffee and tea stain your teeth
3. Floss daily
4. Use your teeth only for chewing food Cracking nut shells, chewing pen caps and tearing off clothing tags can crack enamel, dislodge fillings or loosen teeth
5. Don't smoke Smokers are 4 times more likely to develop gum disease than non smokers.
6. Don't clinch or grind teeth The pressure from clinching or grinding can add an additional 250 pounds of pressure per square inch of teeth. Clinching and grinding causes premature receding of gums and accelerates gum disease.
7. Know the side effects of Medicines Side effects of some medicines indirectly affect your dental health.
8. Don't ignore other health problems Some stomach conditions like gastrointestinal reflux disease can erode tooth enamel.
9. Exercise Cautiously If necessary, wear a mouth guard to protect teeth.
10. See a dentist twice a year A dentist can help you detect dental problems and fix them before they get worse. Carbonated drinks erode tooth enamel Popcorn kernels, frozen candy bars, and ice cubes can crack your teeth.