Healthy Teeth and Gums

No matter what your age, weight, height is, it is important to take good care of your teeth and gums. Some of you may be thinking that your 1 minute brush at the end of the night is sufficient, but think again! There are helpful guidelines that you should take into account when brushing your teeth, and believe it or not, you do need to keep your teeth healthy for a lifetime! To learn from the experts in dental health, read below and try to use these guidelines in your daily routine.

First of all, it is very important that you schedule 6 month cleanings with your local dentist. If you do not have a dental office of your own, do some of your own research online and find one that best fits you. Once you have had your check-up with your Dentist, they will make you aware of the state of your teeth, or some areas you need to pay closer attention to. When I visit the dentist there are a few things they always remind me of: keep flossing daily, pay attention to brushing the back teeth, and use a tongue scraper. These three things are very common! Flossing daily or twice a day, keeps your teeth healthy! Floss picks up the food particles that were left behind from your toothbrush, and keeps your breath smelling fresh. A lot of us pay the most attention to the front teeth in our mouth- your back teeth need some lovin’ too! Lastly, using a tongue scraper keeps your breath fresh, and removes an access build-up on your tongue – goodbye bacteria!

Since tooth decay is the single most chronic childhood disease in the United States, it is also important that you encourage your children to brush and floss their teeth regularly, too! WDA has offered a FREE brush and floss chart for yourself and your children. This could be a good way to demonstrate the importance of healthy teeth. Visitwww.wda.comfor a chart for your own, and clever ways to encourage your children brush and floss.

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