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7 Oral Care Tips That Dentists Recommend--Including Some You've Probably Never Heard Of!

Anna Woodward -- Straws, strawberries, and apple cider--just a few items that can easily help you keep your pearly whites just that!

Proper oral care is a lifelong process that dentists discuss with their patients at every 6-month check-up. You're probably used to hearing the traditional advice and tips that dentists provide, such as flossing, brushing two or three times daily, and using a mouth guard if you're a nighttime teeth grinder. But there are plenty of other oral care tips that you may never have heard of and that are easy to incorporate into your life. Check out these little known oral care tips that are also recommended by dentists.

1. Drink with a straw.

This is a helpful rule of thumb when drinking sugary drinks such as soda or juice, plus drinks that can stain the teeth, like coffee or even red wine. You may not like the idea of drinking a glass of Cabernet through a straw, but you can still minimize the chance of staining by drinking a glass of water while drinking red wine.

2. Dry your toothbrush thoroughly.

Make sure air can circulate around your toothbrush in between cleanings so that it can dry out thoroughly. Bacteria love to grow on constantly wet surfaces, such as a brush that lives on a wet countertop. Try standing it up in a bathroom cup to ensure it has the chance to dry out every day.

3. Eat strawberries!

They not only taste great, but they are also known for their whitening power. Instead of turning to chemical whiteners, try incorporating strawberries into your diet for a natural cleaning and whitening boost. Rub them over your teeth for the best results.

4. Brush your teeth after drinking dark liquids.

A general rule of thumb is that if a liquid is dark in color it's more likely to stain your teeth. This is true for everything from grape juice to black tea to red wine, and more. Make sure to brush thoroughly after enjoying any of these beverages.

5. Eat an apple.

They say an apple a day keeps the doctor away, but dentists also recommend eating the handy fruit. Apples have lots of fiber and are a relatively low sugar fruit, but they also have a great cleaning texture that gently and naturally scrubs off residue on your teeth.

6. Drink water.

Drinking plenty of water throughout the day keeps your mouth cleaner and fresher. It clears out any food particles that may be left behind after a meal or snack plus stops bacteria from building up. It also washes away sugar and can stop enamel damage that results from eating too many sweets or sugary drinks.

7. Use apple cider vinegar and baking soda for a natural boost.

Try gargling with apple cider vinegar a few times a week before doing your normal brushing routine. It's a natural stain remover and teeth whitener, plus has great anti-bacterial properties that will help keep your mouth clean and healthy. Brush with baking soda just once a week for a whitening boost!

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