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7 Best Things You Can Do for Your Teeth

More Than Just Brushing and Flossing

You know brushing and flossing are non-negotiable when it comes to your teeth, but what else can you do to maintain good dental health? Just as with the rest of your body, prevention is the best medicine. In addition to your toothbrush and floss, there are a handful of other things that keep plaque, cavities and tooth decay at bay. Follow these simple steps to give your teeth some extra TLC.

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Medically Reviewed By: William C. Lloyd III, MD, FACS | Last Review Date:

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