5. Eat a Nutritious Diet
Focus on eating a healthy diet that includes fruits, vegetables, grains, chicken and fish, as well as organic varieties of certain foods for protection against pesticides. And although cutting soda consumption completely can be an extreme change for some, limiting its presence in your diet is a simple way to reduce your risk for cavities and boost your oral health. If you've already made the switch from full-sugar sodas to diet, for example, it's a good idea to cut out similar diet drinks, too. They may be "sugar-free," according to the Wisconsin Dental Association, but they are very acidic and can still damage teeth over time.
What can you drink instead of soda? Plain tap water is a good choice. Try replacing one can of soda per day with a glass of water to start, then keep switching out your sodas with more water until you've finally said goodbye to this carbonated snack for good.
Making small changes to your day will improve your dental health greatly over time, but remember to keep up the habits you already embrace. Continue to brush twice a day and schedule twice-a-year appointments with your dentist, and you’ll set yourself and your family up for a lifetime of smiles.