(HealthDay News) -- Regular brushing, flossing and checkups are important for good dental health, but there's more you can do to keep your teeth and gums healthy.
The American Dental Association offers these suggestions to help prevent tooth decay and gum disease:
- Stick to a healthy diet with a limited number of snacks. Make low-sugar, nutritious food choices.
- Drink plenty of water.
- Give your teeth a thorough brushing at least twice each day using a fluoride toothpaste.
- Floss each day to get rid of plaque, and stick to a regular schedule of dental cleanings and checkups.
- Record a food diary for a week to track what you eat. Note every piece of candy, gum or drink that contains sugar, and evaluate whether you're getting too much.