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At Walnut Glen Family Dental in Dallas, Texas, our dentists, Doctors Katie and Marc Lippas and their staff are pleased to offer you a variety of dental services that are designed to maintain, repair and enhance your smile. Making time to visit our office for regular cleanings and exams is a major component in keeping your teeth and mouth healthy. However, what you do between visits to our office is extremely important to ensure good oral health.

Brush your teeth at least twice a day with a toothpaste that contains fluoride. You should spend two minutes brushing your teeth, making sure to brush the outsides, insides and the biting and chewing surfaces. If you brush after eating, wait for thirty minutes to allow the saliva in your mouth to wash away the acids from your food.

Use a toothbrush with soft bristles. Replace your toothbrush every three months, or even sooner if it is showing wear. If the bristles are starting to bend, it is time for a new toothbrush.

You should floss your teeth at least once a day. Start with approximately 18 inches of floss and wrap most of it around each of your middle fingers. Give yourself one to two inches for flossing. Curve the floss around each tooth, making sure to floss below the gumline. It does not matter if you brush or floss first, so long as you do a thorough job of both.

A healthy diet is another important factor for a healthy smile. Make an effort to avoid sugary, starchy snacks and meals. “Crunchy” fruit and vegetables like apples and carrots, along with dairy products like hard cheese, can provide vitamins and minerals for your body, and will help clean your teeth as you eat them.

If it is time for your regular cleaning and exam, or you are looking for a dentist for your family, give our office a call at 214-368-1192. We look forward to seeing you soon!