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To help your smile flourish, the American Dental Association recommends that you brush and floss to remove oral bacteria and dental plaque daily. For optimal results, brush your teeth every day for at least two minutes twice a day, as this is proven to fight tooth decay and gum disease.

Oral Hygiene

Give yourself the gift of using the right tools for the job. To promote healthy teeth, brush with a soft-bristled toothbrush. This lets you clean while protecting tooth enamel and gum tissue.

Brushing with a small-medium sized toothbrush head gets you into hard to reach areas in the back of your mouth where oral debris hides. Brush twice daily for 2-3 minutes, floss once daily using a flossing method you enjoy. A good strategy is to floss before you go to sleep at night, followed by rinsing with an antibacterial mouthwash.


Wearing a mouth guard (sports guard) you can give your teeth, face, tongue, lips, and jaw the protection they deserve when engaging in contact sports and high-impact activities. At night you may want to wear a night guard if you have a problem with teeth grinding in your sleep. Protecting your teeth, gums, and jaw are vital for good oral health.

Tooth-Friendly Nutrition

A healthy smile is a result of healthy eating habits, including a diet rich in vitamins, minerals, fresh fruit, vegetables, lean protein, whole grains, nuts, and dairy. To really make a difference, avoid those foods from your diet that promote tooth decay and gum disease, such as sugar.

Professional Dental Cleanings and Exams

Seeing your dentist every six months for dental cleanings and exams will help your smile flourish. Our dental team will remove hardened plaque from your teeth and gumline, clean and polish your teeth, and check for signs of decay, disease and oral cancer to treat them in the early stages.

To create the healthy smile you deserve, give us a call at 801-225-8060 to schedule your next dental cleaning and exam with Dr. Keith Dodge in Orem, Utah. At Dodge Family Dental, we look forward to helping your smile flourish!