Read our 5 dental health tips to keep your teeth and gums healthy and strong throughout the year.
- Choose the right toothbrush: Soft and medium toothbrushes are recommended as they do less damage to the tooth enamel. Remember, children’s brushes are sized and designed to fit in smaller mouths. Adults have the option of adult or electric toothbrushes. Choose the rotating or oscillating heads for your electric brushes.
Tip: Be sure to change your toothbrush or toothbrush heads every 2 to 3 months.
- Get the right toothpaste: You have a choice of pastes, powders or gels. Most have fluoride to prevent cavities. Some target plaque and tartar build up while others protect sensitive teeth. Whitening toothpastes are meant to brighten teeth.
Tip: Health conscious consumers may opt for toothpastes with natural ingredients.
- Brush your teeth the right way: Brush your teeth twice, in the morning and at night before bed. Make sure to brush for at least 2 minutes and around every part of your mouth. That includes the back of your teeth and tongue.
Tip: Brushing more than 3 times and too hard can damage the tooth enamel.
- Floss every day: Those with evenly spaced teeth may use unwaxed floss. However, if your teeth are close together, waxed floss glides more smoothly.
Tip: Flavored floss can help mask bad breath.
- Maintain a healthy diet: Celery and apples are great as they can clean between your teeth after a meal. Dairy products contain calcium and other ingredients that strengthen your teeth. Nuts are an excellent choice too. Drink plenty of water.
Tip: Avoid foods with too much sugar or acid, as well as those that stick to your teeth.
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Remember to visit your dentist at least twice a year. Get a careful evaluation of your dental health and suggest preventative measures or treatments to keep your teeth and gums healthy.