Seven Steps to Dental Health

  1. Commit to a daily oral-health routine
    • Talk with your dentist or dental hygienist to come up with an effective oral-health routine that’s easy to follow and takes your situation into account.
  2. Use fluoride
    • Everyone can benefit from fluoride, not just children. Fluoride strengthens developing teeth in children and helps prevent decay in adults and children.
  3. Brush and floss to remove plaque
    • Everyone should brush and floss at least once a day, preferably twice or after every meal.
  4. If you use tobacco in any form, quit
    • Smoking or using smokeless tobacco increases your risk for oral cancer, gingivitis, periodontitis and tooth decay.
  5. Limit snacks, particularly those high in simple sugars, and eat a balanced diet
    • Every time you eat, particles of food become lodged in and around your teeth, providing fuel for bacteria. The more often you eat and the longer food stays in your mouth, the more time bacteria have to break down sugars and produce acids that begin the decay process. Each time you eat food containing sugars or starches (complex sugars), your teeth are exposed to bacterial acids for 20 minutes or more. If you must snack, brush your teeth or chew sugarless gum afterward.
    • A balanced diet is also important. Deficiencies in minerals and vitamins can also affect your oral health, as well as your general health.
  6. Understand your own oral-health needs
    • Everyone’s mouth is different. For example, if you start taking a new medication that can dry your mouth (as more than 300 common drugs do), you should ask your dentist or dental hygienist about how that will affect your mouth.
  7. Visit the dental office regularly
    • You and your dentist should talk about the frequency of your visits. Some people need to visit their dentist more frequently than others.

 

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