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Taking care of your physical body is extremely important–and this includes taking care of your teeth and gums. Here are some easy things to remember as you care for your smile.

Brush: Brush your teeth twice a day, every day, for 2 minutes each time. If you have a hard time spending that much time on your teeth, try setting a timer, or play your favorite song for 2 minutes. Use a soft-bristled ADA-approved toothbrush. Place at a 45* angle to your gums and brush using gentle pressure and short, back-and-forth strokes. Brush the inside, outside, and chewing surfaces of your teeth.

Floss: Floss once every day. It should take 2-3 minutes each time. Use about 18” of floss; place it in between teeth and use a gentle, sliding, sawing motion to clear debris and plaque from in between teeth.

Eat Well: Caring for your mouth is more than simply cleaning your mouth. You need to fuel it well, too! Pack your diet with nutrient-dense foods, with lots of calcium, phosphorous, protein, and vitamins. As you do this, there won’t be room for sticky, starchy, sugary foods. Your mouth–and your overall health–will thank you.

Chew Gum: After you eat, your teeth can be extra-sensitive to abrasions, so try to avoid brushing directly after eating. Instead, chew sugar-free gum for 20 minutes. This stimulates saliva production, cleaning teeth, without feeding sugar to the bacteria that cause cavities.

Visit Dentist: Finally, be sure to support your at-home hygiene habits with professional cleanings and checkups with Dr. Rafah Abdelmonem. If you are in the Pembroke Pines, Florida area, be sure to call Pembroke Square Dental at 954-437-6400 to schedule your appointment today.