1. Stay hydrated! The Canadian Dental Association recommends choosing water as your drink of choice.
  2. Protect your enamel. Bacteria break down sugars to create acids that degrade the mineral structures in your teeth. Therefore, try to limit sugary and acidic foods and beverages. Click here to read more on nutrition.
  3. Brush your teeth twice a day with fluoridated toothpaste. Don’t forget to floss!
  4. Protect your lips from the sun. Long term sun exposure increases the risk of lip cancers. Use UV-protective lip balm with a SPF (sun protective factor) of 30 or higher.
  5. Visit your dental team for regular check-ups and cleanings.
  6. Wear a custom mouth guard while playing sports to reduce the risk of chipped teeth, and to protect against cuts to the soft tissues in the mouth.