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I wanted to include a post about dental health today, as dental tourism is a burgeoning subset of the medical tourism industry, and has gained traction significantly in recent years. While regular dental maintenance and dentist visits are essential, many dental tourists are traveling for procedures which could have been prevented with the right hygiene and upkeep.

Keeping your teeth healthy requires more effort than brushing regularly; in fact, most of us are probably guilty of dental neglect. While brushing and flossing is essential to make sure that your teeth and gums stay as healthy as possible, there are certain other tips you should keep in mind:

Choose good toothpaste: Good toothpaste will complement regular brushing practices. Toothpaste that is fortified with fluoride will help protect your teeth from cavities. You may also choose products that correspond to your various dental concerns (i.e. breath freshening, tooth sensitivity, and gingivitis protection.)

Well-balanced diet: A well balanced diet is not only good for the body, but is also essential for good oral health. A calcium-rich diet helps teeth stay strong; fruits and vegetables provide the teeth with vitamins and the right amount of lubrication necessary. It also benefits your oral health to remain hydrated!

Avoid these: avoid consuming foods with too much sugar, which break down the tooth enamel; the same goes for food and drinks that have high acid levels (such as soft drinks and fruit juices.)

Read up on more oral hygiene tips and best practices!