In order to help keep your teeth healthy, avoid smoking cigarettes. Smoking promotes tartar, plaque and also causes discoloration of your teeth. Smoking will increase the risk of developing oral cancer and gum disease. If you want healthy teeth and gums, you should quit smoking.
To maintain optimum oral health, you need to make sure you go to the dentist two times a year. This dental checkup will include a cleaning and assessment by the dentist. They will do any minor work and will help your mouth maintain optimum health. They will be able to treat any issues before they become major problems.
Be truthful when it comes to oral irrigators. These will help with your oral hygiene as long as they are used properly. You still need to brush your teeth though. They don't eliminate plaque. They must be used correctly as well because otherwise the bacteria can be pushed into gum tissues.
Use a straw when you drink beverages. When you do, the beverage is less likely to come into contact with your teeth. This will prevent your teeth from getting stained. Inexpensive straws are available in large quantities at your local store.
If you have been putting off going to the dentist because you are afraid of what they may find, don't put it off another day. Tooth problems do not fix themselves. You have to go eventually. If you are afraid of the dentist look for one that offers sedation so that you sleep through the entire visit.