BRUSH TWICE A DAY
- It is recommended to brush after every meal. If that’s not feasible then at least rinse your mouth out after eating. Brush at least twice a day, in the morning and especially before bed.
- Use no more than a pea sized dab of toothpaste on the toothbrush.
- Always remember to floss at least once a day, preferably at night. Did you know that up to 60% of your daily dental hygiene depends on flossing regularly!!!
USE THE PROPER EQUIPMENT
- Use fluoride toothpaste and a soft bristle toothbrush that fits your mouth comfortably. Consider using an electric or battery-operated toothbrush, which can reduce plaque more effectively than a manual toothbrush.
KEEP YOUR EQUIPMENT CLEAN
- Change your toothbrush at least 3 to 4 times a year. After being sick, replace your toothbrush!
- Allow your toothbrush to air dry. Storing your toothbrush in a closed container can cause the growth of bacteria.
VISIT THE DENTIST
- Regardless of age, everyone should visit the dentist every 6 months.
START CHILDREN EARLY
- Despite great strides in decay prevention, one in four young children develop signs of tooth decay before they start school.
SEAL OFF TROUBLE
- Thin protective coating (sealants) applied to the chewing surfaces of the back teeth (molars) can significantly reduce cavities.
CLEAN YOUR TONGUE
- Cleaning the surface of your tongue daily will reduce bacteria that causes bad breath.
RINSE OR CHEW GUM AFTER MEALS
- In addition to brushing and flossing, rinsing your mouth with an antibacterial rinse will help maintain healthy teeth and gums.
- Chewing sugar-free gum after a meal will increase saliva flow, which naturally washes away bacteria. Gum with Xylitol is especially beneficial in fighting cavities.
LIMIT SODAS, COFFEE, & ALCOHOL
- Beverages containing additives, such as corn syrup and food dye, can make pearly white teeth appear dull and discolored.