GOOD BRUSHING TECHNIQUEWhy is brushing and flossing your teeth so important? Because it removes plaque. If plaque isn't removed, it continues to build up, causing tooth decay, gum disease and eventual tooth loss. Fortunately, keeping your teeth clean is easy and takes only a few minutes to maintain your good oral health.Eight Tips for Easy Brushing:1. Use a soft-bristled brush and toothpaste that contains fluoride.2. Place your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle against your gums.3. Move the brush gently, using short strokes; don't scrub.4. Pay special attention to the gum line.5. Brush the outer tooth surfaces using short, back-and-forth strokes.6. Brush the inner surfaces of the front teeth using gentle, up-and-down strokes.7. Brush your tongue to remove bacteria and freshen your breath.8. Rinse your toothbrush with water and store upright after use.
FOLLOW THE FLOSS TO A HEALTHIER SMILENobody wants to loose a tooth, but gum disease - which causes tooth loss - can sneak up on you. To get rid of the bacteria that causes gum disease you have to get rid of all the plaque. Flossing at least once a day helps clean the plaque from hard-to-reach places between teeth and under the gum line - lowering your risk of cavities and helping to prevent gum disease.Foolproof Flossing in 6 Quick Steps:1. Pull about 18 inches of floss and wrap most of it around the index or middle finger of each hand so you have a few inches between your hands.2. Hold the floss between your thumbs and fingers and saw between each set of teeth until the floss gently pops between the teeth.3. Pull the floss tight against the side of one tooth so it forms a "C" shape and slide it down.4. Gently get down below the gum between each tooth and gum line.5. Repeat for each pair of teeth.6. Remember to floss the backside of the back tooth in each corner of your mouth.
SUGAR FREE SMILES LAST LONGERSugary treats may taste great for a few seconds, but they can cause cavities that last forever. By avoiding sugar, and by brushing and flossing right after meals and snacks, you can help prevent cavities from even starting in the first place. Soda pop, candies, cakes, cookies, pies and even fruit drinks can all create sticky plaque on your teeth and gums that lead to disease.Quick Tips for Sugar-Smart Snacking:1. Choose healthy treats like nuts, raw vegetables, or even low-fat yogurt.2. Fruit is naturally sweet and contains vitamins that support a strong body and teeth.3. Choose water over fruit juice, sports or energy drinks when you are thirsty.4. Chew sugar-free gum after snacks to reduce the acids that cause cavities.
HEALTHY SMILE, HAPPY LIFEOral health is part of being well - and the foundation for a healthy and active lifestyle. When our mouths, gums or teeth aren't healthy, our bodies may be more susceptible to serious disease.Is Your Oral Health Putting Your Overall Health at Risk?About 40 percent of American adults experience a form of moderate to severe periodontal (gum) disease. Gum disease is caused by bacteria that form plaque on your teeth. Left untreated, these bacteria can severely infect the gums and lead to tooth loss. Researchers have associated gum disease with many different health problems, including diabetes, heart disease, stroke and more.
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