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Did you know that Americans spend more than a billion dollars every year just on teeth whitening? In other words, Americans spend several billions of dollars every year on dental work. Luckily, there are a few things you can do to keep your personal yearly expenses to a minimum. As you may have guessed, practicing good oral care is arguably the most important thing you can do.

For example, did you know that eating the right kind of foods can influence your smile and even help keep your teeth clean? To improve your oral health, try to incorporate more healthy fats and oils into your diet and make sure you’re getting enough calcium and vitamin D. Conversely, sugary food and drinks actually increase the bad bacteria in your mouth and can damage your smile before you even have time to brush.

Also, as you probably know, flossing and brushing are vital to your overall oral health. Sadly, many people will skip these steps, allowing food will get trapped in your teeth. Eventually, this problem can lead to cavities and tooth decay. You should also consider using mouthwash to enjoy a healthier mouth.

On a similar note, if you can instill these principles into your children while they are young, they’ll be far more likely to enjoy good oral health throughout their life. Similarly, because oral health and overall health are connected, you could be helping your child enjoy better overall health as well.

If you have questions or concerns about your oral health, please come talk to our dentist, Dr. Bethaney B. Brenner and our team. We will be happy to give you individualized advice. Just call Bethaney B. Brenner, DMD, LLC at 860-673-7155 to schedule an appointment.