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Do you think tooth decay is only a dental issue for children? If so, you are 100 percent incorrect. Tooth decay can still harm your adult smile, and it’s best to do all you can to prevent it from doing so. Our McCord Orthodontics team recommends taking care of your pearly whites by doing the following things:

· Keep up on oral hygiene: Make sure you brush your teeth twice a day, floss your smile once a day, and rinse your mouth daily with mouthwash. As you brush, use a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste. As you floss, use a product of your choice but be careful around the gums. As you rinse, use a beneficial mouthwash, like antibacterial or fluoride mouthwash.

· Have a balanced diet: Do your best to have a healthy and balanced diet. We recommend eating tooth-healthy foods, like fruits, vegetables, whole grains, low-fat or fat-free dairy products, and lean proteins.

· Visit your dentist: It’s extremely important for you to visit your dentist every six months for a routine dental cleaning and checkup. These appointments allow our team to professionally clean your smile and prevent gum disease. It also gives us a chance to examine your oral cavity and correct any dental issues we find.

If you have any questions or if you would like to know more ways to care for your adult smile, please call 208.529.8333 today and talk to a member of our friendly dental team. We also encourage you to schedule an appointment with Dr. Layne K McCord & Matt McCoy if you have any concerns or if you’re worried that your smile has already fallen to tooth decay. We are here to help you!