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You deserve the best oral health and smile possible. However, it’s a little tricky to maintain your smile goals if you don’t take good care of your teeth and gums. So, to help you keep your oral health in tip-top shape, Dr. Jelinek, Dr. Silva, and our dental team have some recommendations for you.

First, brush your teeth regularly. In fact, it’s best to brush every morning and every night. As you brush, use a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste. It’s also easier to set a timer for two minutes so you can spend that time properly cleaning each tooth. This can help you remove plaque and food particles from your smile.

Second, floss the cracks between your teeth once a day. This is extremely important because plaque and bacteria can gather and grow between your teeth. Eventually, if they are not removed, they can irritate your gums and promote periodontal disease. As you floss, be gentle around the gums.

Third, visit Matthew Jelinek regularly. In fact, it’s best to visit our dentists every six months for a checkup. This appointment can help you prevent major dental issues, like cavities and gum disease. It can also allow our dental team to thoroughly examine your teeth and provide treatment if needed.

Fourth, have a smile-healthy diet. Sugar can create cavities. So, please limit your sugar intake as much as possible. For healthy teeth, it’s best to eat foods like raw vegetables, fruit, and dairy products. Do your best to avoid acidic foods. You can also help your smile by chewing on sugarless gum because it helps you produce saliva and wash bacteria away.

Doing these things can help you have the strong and healthy smile you deserve in Shakopee, Minnesota. To learn more about how to reach your smile goals, please reach out to Matthew Jelinek by calling 952.233.1020 now. We look forward to hearing from and helping you!