6. Visit your dentist regularly
“You would be surprised by how often people don’t go,” laughs Dr. Höediono, who recommends people have checkups twice a year. He explains that although cavities are simple to fix, they can develop and progress quickly, and that can make things more complicated. “If you wait, they can get deeper and lead to nerve problems,” he says, adding that dentists also check for problems like oral cancer and other illnesses that may be visible in the mouth. Dr. Iacopino adds that anyone who has trouble keeping their teeth clean—due to age, or problems with hand-eye coordination—should see their dentist more often than every six months.