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Having a successful smile without tooth decay and gum disease is possible. At Granger Family Dentistry PC in Granger, Indiana, we recommend maintaining good oral habits to achieve your healthiest smile. This means eating a balanced diet, limiting snacks, brushing twice a day and flossing once, and keeping up with regular dental cleanings and checkups.

Along with that, here are some things that can help your smile success:

— Replace your toothbrush every three months, or when the bristles begin to lose their shape. Fraying bristles can’t effectively clean your pearly whites.

— If you are out and about and need to brush but don’t have a toothbrush with you, rinsing with mouthwash can kill harmful germs that encourage plaque. If you don’t have a toothbrush or mouthwash handy, rinse thoroughly with water to help your saliva clear away oral debris.

— Watch your habits; chewing on ice or biting your fingernails, snacking on candy, drinking soda or coffee or alcohol daily, or using tobacco can all impact your oral health. These habits encourage tooth decay, gum disease, tooth discoloration, dry mouth and bad breath to invade your smile.

— If you engage in high contact sports or recreational activities, using a mouth protector can keep you from having an oral injury and save your teeth and gums from harm. If you grind your teeth in your sleep, wearing a night guard can save your tooth enamel and protect your jaw from harm.

We hope these oral care tips help you achieve the healthy smile you deserve. To schedule an appointment with our dentist, Dr. Thomas Anglemire, please call 574-277-5406 today. We look forward to helping you achieve a successful smile!