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  • I brushed my teeth for two minutes twice a day this week.

    Use a timer to make sure you brush as long as you should. Lightly, yet firmly, use a back and forth rolling motion across your teeth and gum line.

  • I ate raw vegetables today.

    The fiber in fruits and veggies helps switch on your salivary flow to keep food moving toward your belly and to neutralize acids that would attack your teeth.

  • I've scheduled my next dental visit.

    Seeing your dentist as recommended can save you money, time, and pain — and your teeth. Only a professional cleaning can remove the tartar that can lead to gum disease.

  • I chewed sugarless gum after I ate a snack.

    Chewing sends out waves of saliva to help clean away food particles and replace minerals in the enamel on your teeth.

  • I flossed every day this week.

    Daily flossing helps prevent gum disease, and healthy gums may lower your risk for heart disease, stroke, lung problems — even Alzheimer's disease!

  • I had cheese today.

    In addition to having calcium and phosphate to help keep your teeth strong, cheese also helps generate saliva. Bonus for your teeth!

  • I made sure my toothbrush is stored upright and uncovered.

    A moist environment encourages the growth of microorganisms. Better to let your brush air-dry.

  • I kept a food diary this week.

    You may not realize all of the sugary and acidic things you put in your mouth. Include candies, chewing gum, soda, and sports drinks in your diary.

  • I rinsed with antibacterial mouthwash when I brushed my teeth.

    Mouthwash doesn't just freshen your breath. It can prevent tooth decay and reduce plaque. It also prevents gum disease.

  • I ate a piece of fruit instead of a sweet treat with added sugar.

    Yes, sugars contribute to tooth decay. But you don't have to give up sweet foods completely. Just control how much you consume. Be smart. Choose naturally sweet foods.

  • I waited at least 30 minutes to brush my teeth after drinking a soda.

    Most carbonated soft drinks contain acids that eat away tooth enamel. Waiting gives your saliva time to wash away the acid and protect your teeth.

  • I bought a replacement toothbrush with soft bristles.

    Replace your toothbrush every three to four months — sooner if the bristles look worn. Soft bristles clean without damaging your teeth or irritating your gums.

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