Often times, the bad habits that you have can be the deciding factor in whether you achieve that shiny smile you’ve been dreaming of. Though regularly going to the dentist is the best way to keep your teeth healthy, everyone needs to do their due diligence between visits so that your teeth can be in the best shape they can possible be. To this end, we’ve compiled a list of tips for you to use in order to maintain your smile even after the visit to the dentist.

Avoid Soda

We all like our fizzy drinks. They’re delicious and always a excellent addition to a hot summer day. However, two of the ingredients that make soda so great to drink cause it to be your teeth’s worst enemy. Phosphoric acid and citric acid are a double team of trouble for your teeth, eroding away tooth enamel if you drink too much of it. For those who like their soda, consider alternatives like water flavored with citrus or berries.

Cut Down On The Sugar

Let’s face it, sugar is almost essential to life nowadays. We take several cubes of it in our morning coffee. We eat sugary treats constantly, after meals, during the afternoon for a snack. Now that it’s summer, we might hold onto a sugary drink like bubble tea while we’re walking down the sidewalk. Unfortunately, sugar can fuel the bacteria and acid in your mouth, causing plaque to form on your teeth and eat away your tooth enamel. To avoid this, try to cut down on your treats, and brush your teeth after every meal or snack.

Quit Smoking

It should be no surprise that smoking can cause trouble for your teeth. The combination of nicotine and tar in cigarettes can stain your teeth, causing it to discolor, and eat away at your gums. While quitting smoking can be a tall order, the results on your teeth are undeniable. Down the line, when you have a beautiful smile, you may be glad that you packed in your smokes.

These are just a few things that you can do to improve the health of your teeth.

Cowichan Valley Dental is located in Duncan.