Everyone needs dental care every day. Brushing and flossing your teeth are crucial activities that affect your health. In fact, dental care is just as important to your daily routine as taking medication and getting physical exercise. A healthy mouth helps you eat well, avoid pain and tooth loss, and feel good about yourself.
Three steps to a healthy mouth:
- Brush every day - Be sure to use a regular or power toothbrush with soft bristles. Brush the front, back and top of each tooth, gently brush back and forth in short strokes or in a circular motion. Gently brush the tongue after you brush your teeth. Rinse with plain water.
- Get a new toothbrush with soft bristles every three months, after contagious illness, or when the bristles are worn.
- Floss every day - Flossing cleans between the teeth where a toothbrush can’t reach. Flossing can be difficult and it takes some practice. Waxed, unwaxed, flavored or plain floss all do the same thing. You may find one is easier for you to use than another.
- The dentist may prescribe a special rinse for you. Fluoride rinses can help prevent cavities. Chlorhexidine rinses fight germs that cause gum disease. Follow the dentist’s instructions and do not swallow any of the rinse.
- Visit a Dentist Regularly - Professional cleanings are just as important as brushing and flossing every day. Regular examinations can identify problems before they cause unnecessary pain.
- Be prepared for every appointment. Be ready to give the dentist your personal dental history and medical history. Bring your insurance and billing information to your appointment and be sure to be on time.
The ADA recommends seeing your dentist twice a year or about every six months for a cleaning and dental check up.
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