- Mouth and Teeth - How to Keep Healthy
Taking good care of your mouth and teeth throughout your whole life can help prevent problems as you get older. Brush and floss your teeth every day and see your dentist regularly.
Brush your teeth at least twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste.
Floss your teeth at least once a day.
Don't smoke or chew tobacco.
Ask your doctor if your medicines have side effects that might damage your teeth. (For example, some medicines may cause you to have a dry mouth.)
Children under 2 years of age shouldn't use toothpaste. Instead, use water to brush your child's teeth.
Don't let your baby go to sleep with a bottle. This can leave milk or juice sitting on the teeth and cause cavities that are known as "baby-bottle tooth decay"
Look inside your mouth regularly for sores that don't heal, irritated gums or other changes.
See your dentist every 6 months for regular check-ups and cleanings.
- How to Brush & Floss
The intent of brushing your teeth is to remove plaque and debris from your teeth in order to prevent gum disease and cavities.
Soft nylon bristles are recommended.
Replace brush every 3-4 months.
Floss before you brush to break up plaque and food particles in hard to reach areas for your soft bristle brush.
Use circular motion instead of sideways- this allows you to cover the surface of your teeth while not agitating your gums.
Rinse toothbrush and store uncovered and upright to keep bacteria from growing while not in use.
Brush for three minutes, spending 10-15 seconds on each section of your mouth.
Follow the curve of your teeth gently.