Brushing, flossing, and rinsing are the ABCs of oral health, but they’re only the beginning. A marvelous mouth takes more than squeezing paste out of a tube — think improving your toothbrushing technique, ditching the daily soda habit, and saying good-bye to cigarettes. From a general exam and thorough cleaning to a complete restoration, here at Newport Dental Center, your number once source for family and general dentistry in Newport Beach, we have the on-staff dental practitioners who will give you the expert care you need to restore your confidence with an amazing smile.

Today we’re outlining eight oral care musts for a healthy mouth.

1. Visit us! If you’re prone to ditching the dentist, you’re among the roughly 50% of adults in the United States who don’t see a dentist yearly because of dental phobia, finances, or just plain neglect. You’ll catch problems such as decay, gum disease, trauma, or cancer at an early stage when they’re treatable, not to mention more affordable to take care of.

2. Can that soda! Fizzy is fun but also part of the reason soda is so bad for your teeth. Two ingredients — phosphoric acid and citric acid — give soda its “bite” but also eat away at the surface of your teeth. Cut back on these drinks! An occasional soda won’t hurt but more than 1 a day will lead to tooth decay!

3. Use the right toothbrush. You want a brush with soft bristles. With the right technique, it should last two to three months. It’s ready to be replaced when you notice bent bristles, but don’t wait that long. Even a straight bristle tip can become blunted instead of rounded and cause injury to the teeth and gums.