Want the scoop on everything dentists wish you would do differently with your dental routine? We’ll let you in on a little secret — investing in your smile goes way farther than simply brushing and flossing. Here are four pro tips to help you improve your oral health.

Brush more than just your teeth. For two minutes, two times a day, give your teeth, tongue, and your gums some attention! Whether you have to count to 100 or hum the happy birthday tune.

Sugar isn’t limited to just sweets. Overtime sugar can cause your teeth to rot and decay, and it’s not just sweets you need to stay away from. Sugar is also in fruit drinks and soda, fruits, and even pasta too.

There may be a problem, even if there’s no pain. Most dental health issues go undetected because usually there’s no pain until it’s too late. This is why yearly checkups with your dentist is just as important as with your general practitioner.

Ask for help. Your teeth won’t get healthier on their own — they need assistance from you and your dentist. So, make sure you don’t forget to schedule regular checkups and cleanings.