Achieving healthy teeth takes a lifetime of care. Even if you’ve been told that you have nice teeth, it’s crucial to take the right steps every day to take care of them and prevent problems.

Why is dental care important?

  • Neglecting your teeth and gums can lead to other health problems such as:

    • diabetics

    • heart disease

    • dementia

    • forms of cancer

  • A beautiful smile can help you feel confident!

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Brush Like a Pro

Spend 2 minutes brushing your teeth, twice a day.

Manual Tooth Brushing and Flossing Technique ? Dental Care

  • Place your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle against the gums.

  • Move the brush back and forth gently in short (tooth-wide) strokes.

  • Brush the outer tooth surfaces, the inner tooth surfaces, and the chewing surfaces of the teeth.

  • Don't forget to brush your tongue.

Quiz

How often should you brush your teeth?

When Your Breath Smells Bad

Twice Daily

Three times a week

Before Bed

Floss Like a Boss

Floss your teeth once a dayDexter doesn't know how to floss!

  • Guide the floss between your teeth using a gentle rubbing motion.

  • When the floss reaches the gum line, curve it into a C shape against one tooth. Gently slide it into the space between the gum and the tooth.

  • Bring the floss back toward the contact point between the teeth and move the floss up or down the other side, conforming the floss to the shape of the tooth.

  • Hold the floss tightly against the tooth. Gently rub the side of the tooth, moving the floss away from the gum with up-and-down motions.

  • Repeat this method on the rest of your teeth. 

More Dental Tips

Having the right tools is important. Remember to keep you teeth clean you also have to keep you tools clean and fresh.

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Take the time and spend the time!

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  • Don’t use a hard-bristled toothbrush.

  • Even when your tired - don’t take a brushing session off!

  • Don’t skip flossing. Flossing is a vital part of oral hygiene. No one wants to see food in your teeth!

  • Don’t smoke - yellow teeth is never cool.

  • Don’t ignore your diet. Eating too many acidic or sugary foods can multiple health problems.

Quiz

What type of tooth brush is best?

Hard Bristle Brush

Soft Bristle Brush

Summary

Now that you have a handle on maintaining or improving your dental health, keep your momentum up! If you're already on track and brush twice a day that's great! Add to this routine by flossing and making healthy food choices.

If not, now is the time to make a change!!!!

How much of this do you already do? What can you add to your routine today?

  • Brush 2x a day

  • Floss daily

  • Drink 8 glasses of water

  • Eat at least 5 servings of fruit and veggies

  • Use a straw for coffee, tea and sweet drinks

  • See the dentist!

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Kristie Cronin

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Tanya Kelly

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Colette Labadie

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