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  1. When shopping for toothpaste make sure it has the ADA seal of approval on the packaging. Toothpaste with this stamp of approval contains the right amount of fluoride and will help keep your enamel and gums healthy and clean. Toothpaste lacking this seal won’t do all that’s advertised and can’t fight gingivitis, plaque, sensitivity, stains, and bad breath as well as certified toothpaste.
  1. While starting with the right toothpaste is very important, brushing and flossing your teeth at least twice a day is also a key component to keeping your teeth as clean as can be. If you can, be sure to brush with an electric toothbrush, a study done by Healthline showed that after three months of brushing with an electric brush, the plaque was reduced by 21% and gingivitis by 11%. Another study done by PubMed Central found that electric toothbrushes were particularly effective for people with orthodontic appliances such as braces, making brushing much easier. Lastly, remember a toothbrush won’t last forever! Be sure to replace your toothbrush or the head of your electric toothbrush at least once every three months or when the bristles start to fray.
  1. Lastly, following a balanced diet will help keep your oral hygiene the best it can be. Try to avoid adding too much sugar or processed foods to your diet; these foods can ruin all the good work you’ve done by brushing and flossing. Having large amounts of sugar and processed foods in your diet can lead to tooth decay, eroded enamel, and receding gums. A healthy balanced diet doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy yourself, but knowing foods you should avoid or enjoy in moderation paired with good oral care and a healthy routine will keep your smile confident and looking clean as ever!