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What exactly should I be doing to maintain good dental health?

With the ever increasing cost of dental treatment, caring for your mouth and teeth has never been more important. Preventing future decay and damage can save you a great deal of time, money and pain in the future.

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But it's also worth remembering than good oral health can also be crucial to your overall health. Cavities and gum disease can increase the chances of developing more serious conditions such diabetes and respiratory diseases.

So how do you maintain good dental health? Well, there are four main rules to adhere to. Firstly, visit your dentist regularly as checkups are the best way to prevent problems developing in the future. Your dentist is also the best detector of oral disease.

Secondly, you must maintain a thorough oral hygiene regime. Brushing at least twice a day with a good toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste, plus regular flossing will go a long way to help keep your teeth healthy.

Thirdly, follow a well-balanced diet full of the vitamins and minerals that help maintain dental health. Try to eat as little sugar as you can as this is one of the main causes of tooth decay. You should also limit your consumption of alcohol as too much can lead to oral cancers.

And finally, if you want to develop healthy teeth and mouth, do not smoke. Tobacco not only increases the chances of developing oral and throat cancer but it's also a primary cause of gum disease.

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