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If you are looking for a lifetime of healthy smiles, our Mark S. Jensen DDS & Associates team is happy to hear it and is excited to help. Our team is here to support you with your oral health needs.

Today we have some tips to help you set down a healthy oral health foundation to keep you on track to a lifetime of healthy smiles by preventing tooth decay and gum disease. Let’s take a look!

#1 Brushing and Flossing: Yes, we know, it always boils down to the basics, right? But that’s for good reason! This crucial step cannot be skipped if you want a healthy smile. Oral hygiene is key to a healthy mouth. This means brushing and flossing every day. We recommend brushing at least twice each day and flossing at least once daily. If needed, you may even rinse with an antimicrobial mouthwash to reduce germs. This daily routine will keep harmful plaque from building up on your pearly whites.

#2 Diet: It’s true, what you eat can affect your body and your smile. Healthy teeth and gums depend on healthy food and limiting those foods and beverages that can wreak havoc on your smile. Consume dairy, lean protein, and fresh vegetables and fruits daily. Limit or avoid sugary, starchy, empty calorie foods that can promote tooth decay and gum disease.

#3 Mouth Guard: If you are active in sports or high-contact recreational activities, please wear a mouth guard to protect your teeth and oral tissues. Prevention is vital to caring for your smile.

#4 Dental Checkups: Periodic dental checkups and cleanings are the perfect complements to your daily oral hygiene regimen. Not only will Mark Jensen, DDS and our team remove hardened plaque in those hard to clean areas, we will make sure that you are not showing signs of gum disease or other oral issues.

 If you would like to know more about how to keep your smile healthy in Shawnee Mission, Kansas, we invite you to call Mark S. Jensen DDS & Associates at 913-553-3046 today. We look forward to helping you maintain the beautiful smile you deserve!