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Keys to Keeping a Healthy Teeth and Gums


  • Brush at least twice a day
  • Choose a soft toothbrush – it is easier on gums and doesn’t damage the surface of your teeth
  • Choose a toothpaste with fluoride
  • Use gentle pressure – don’t press too hard!
  • Use small circular motions
  • Start on one side of your mouth and move to the other – brush every surface of every tooth!
  • Replace your toothbrush often – If you would be embarrassed to show your dentist your toothbrush, it is time for a new one!


  • Floss your teeth once a day
  • Remove about 18 inches of floss from your dispenser
  • Wrap the floss around each of your middle fingers
  • Use your index finger to push the floss between your teeth
  • Be gentle when pulling floss down between teeth to avoid damaging gums
  • Slide floss along each curve of each tooth
  • Be sure to floss between each tooth and also behind back teeth
  • Floss holders are good alternatives for children or those with difficulty flossing


  • Antibacterial mouth rinse can reduce bacteria in your mouth
  • Fluoride mouth rinse helps reduce and prevent tooth decay
  • Rinse after brushing your teeth
  • Try not to eat or drink for at least 30 minutes after rinsing
  • Do not use fluoride mouth rinse for children under 6

Eating Right

  • Eat a balanced diet
  • Try to avoid sugary foods like candy, cookies, cakes, and pies
  • Also eat a limited amount of dried fruits and raisins
  • Hard candies are especially harmful because they stay in your mouth a long time
  • Avoid starchy snack foods like chips and crackers, which stick to your teeth

Get Regular Checkups with Your Dentist

  • Visit the dentist at least once every six months for a regular checkup and cleaning
  • Contact your dentist right away if you have:
    • Pain
    • Extra sensitivity
    • Bleeding
    • Swollen gums