Tooth Care is as Easy as 1-2-3

Tooth Care is as Easy as 1-2-3!

You can treat your teeth and gums right in just minutes a day. By following these 3 easy steps, you’ll have a ton to smile about!

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Step #1: Brush at least 2 times a day!

The two really important times to brush your teeth are in the morning and at night before you go to bed. Any extra times you brush during the day are great, especially after eating sticky and sugary foods.

 

tooth-cartoon-holding-toothbrushStep #2: Floss every day!

Cleaning between your teeth with dental floss is the best way to clean all the hard-to-reach spots your toothbrush can’t fit into.

 

tooth-cartoon-holding-toothbrushStep #3: Visit your dentist!

Dentists and all of the nice people that work at the dentists’ office are your mouth’s best friends! When they look at your teeth and gums, they can find spots that need extra help and fix them for you right away.

 

 

Why is it so important to take care of your teeth and gums?

Healthy teeth and gums are important for many reasons. Your teeth help you bite and chew your food. Teeth also help you speak clearly. Many letters of the alphabet cannot be sounded without the help of teeth (try saying “healthy teeth”). Clean, healthy teeth and gums help keep the rest of your body healthy, too. And a sparkling smile makes you look and feel your best!

 

What Will Happen if I Don’t Take Care of My Teeth?
Your teeth probably feel so strong, you might think they don’t need any help staying that way. But to keep your teeth strong and healthy, you have to keep them clean. The explanation below shows how teeth can get weak when you don’t take care of them.

Plaque, Germs, and Acid- Oh My!

Germs called bacteria in your mouth use sugar from the foods you eat to form acids. When you don’t brush and floss your teeth, the bacteria and acids work together to build up and form a soft, sticky substance called plaque.

How Can I Do To Help Keep My Teeth Healthy?

  • Don’t eat too many sugary snacks.
  • Brush your teeth at least twice a day.
  • Floss between your teeth once a day for healthy teeth & gums

Tooth Decay starts with White Spots and Tartar:

If you don’t remove the plaque, it hardens into a substance called tartar or calculus, which forms a , white spot on the tooth. This is called demineralization, and is a fancy word for tooth decay.

 

How Can I Stop Tooth Decay?

  • Rinse with a fluoride mouth rinse.
  • Chew sugar free gum with xylitol.
  • Brush your teeth after you eat, or if you can’t, rinse your mouth with water.

 

Fillings and Cavities

If tooth decay continues, it will break through the outer shell of the tooth which is called the enamel and form a cavity. You can’t make cavities go away once they are there, but the dentist can fill it so it doesn’t get any bigger.

What Do I Do About Cavities?

  • Visit your dentist to let him look at all of your teeth.
  • Tell an adult if any of your teeth hurt, especially when you eat or drink.
  • Get a filling from the dentist so the cavity doesn’t get any bigger.