The best thing you can do for your oral health is to brush and floss your teeth after every meal if possible, or at least twice a day. Not only does regular brushing and flossing reduce your risk of developing tooth decay and gum disease, the combination also helps to remove plaque before it can give your teeth a yellow hue.
Not much of a flosser? About half of American adults don't floss [source: Freeman]. Don't overlook flossing. Regular, proper flossing helps to remove stains from between teeth making your smile appear brighter.
And in addition to the toothy benefits, good oral hygiene habits may help lower your risk of other health problems, such as coronary heart disease and stroke.
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