Taking care of your teeth and gums isn’t just about preventing cavities or bad breath. The mouth is a gateway into your body’s overall health. And since gum disease and other health problems may be linked, brushing and flossing are more important than ever. See your dentist regularly to keep your smile, and yourself, healthy.
Daily preventive care, including proper brushing and flossing, will help stop problems before they develop and is much less painful, expensive, and worrisome than treating conditions that have been allowed to progress.
In between regular visits to the dentist, there are simple steps that each of us can take to greatly decrease the risk of developing tooth decay, gum disease and other dental problems. These include:
- Brushing thoroughly twice a day and flossing daily
- Eating a balanced diet and limiting snacks between meals
- Using dental products that contain fluoride, including toothpaste
- Rinsing with a fluoride mouthrinse if your dentist tells you to
- Making sure that your children under 12 drink fluoridated water or take a fluoride supplement if they live in a non-fluoridated area.
|Proper Brushing Technique|
|Tilt the brush at a 45° angle against the gumline and sweep or roll the brush away from the gumline.||Gently brush the outside, inside and chewing surface of each tooth using short back-and-forth strokes.||Gently brush your tongue to remove bacteria and freshen breath.|
|Proper Flossing Technique|
|Use about 18″ of floss, leaving an inch or two to work with.||Gently follow the curves of your teeth.||Be sure to clean beneath the gumline, but avoid snapping the floss on the gums.|