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Four easy steps to healthy teeth and gums

health and fitness Updated: Sep 24, 2012 19:54 IST

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Brush your teeth twice a day:
Teeth can even decay overnight, while you are asleep, so brush your teeth before going to bed as well as in the morning. Include regular brushing as a part of your everyday routine, and your teeth and gums will thank you.

Try to restrict sugary and starchy foods to mealtimes:
Frequent consumption of sugar and starch can cause decay and acidic foods and drinks can cause erosion. This can start within 20 minutes of eating or drinking. If you wish to eat these foods, have them as part of a meal when they will do less harm.

Chew sugar-free gum for 20 minutes after meals and snacks:
Chewing sugar free gum has been proven to help reduce the risk of tooth decay. Remember, although chewing sugar-free gum is an enjoyable way to look after your teeth when you are out, you should still brush your teeth twice every day.

Visit your dentist regularly:
Does just the thought of going to the dentist make you nauseous? It won’t hurt so much if dentist visits for a routine check-up are a part of your oral care regime. Regular checkups ensure that your dentist can spot any problems early on and provide appropriate
treatment.

—with inputs from Dr Ashok Dhoble, honorary secretary general, Indian Dental Association.

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