Dental Care Center
Lois gets her check-up and cleaning at the dentist every 6 months. She understands that:
- Taking good care of her teeth and gums affects her health.
- Bacteria in her mouth may be linked to heart disease.
- Getting check-ups can help her to live a long and healthy life. She likes watching her kids grow!
Do you take good care of your teeth and gums every day? Start by brushing 2 times a day. Floss at least 1 time a day. Limit sugary foods.
Follow these tips to stay healthy.
Schedule a dental exam every 6 months - For a healthy smile, get your teeth cleaned and checked every 6 months. Make an appointment sooner if you have:
- Tooth pain
- Bleeding gums
- Bad breath that won’t go away
Tell your dentist if you are pregnant. Pregnant women who get dental care are less likely to have premature babies.
Stick with the basics
- Brush your teeth 2 times a day. Use fluoride toothpaste.
- Make sure you brush for 2 to 3 minutes each time for the best results.
- Clean your toothbrush with water.
- Store it with the brush facing up so it can air out.
- Try to keep your toothbrush from touching other brushes. This will help stop cold and flu viruses from being passed around your family.
- Floss your teeth at least 1 time each day.
Eat a healthy diet
Eating foods that are good for you is important for healthy living. High sugar foods can cause tooth decay. Read food labels to see how much sugar is in your food. Limit between-meal snacks like sweets and chips. Try healthier options. Load up on:
- Lean protein
- Fruits and vegetables
- Low fat dairy
Take care of your toothbrush
- Get a new toothbrush every 3 months. Bacteria can hide in the bristles of your toothbrush. Changing it helps stop the spread of germs.
- If the bristles are worn down, buy a new toothbrush sooner. Toothbrushes don’t work as well after normal wear and tear.
- Remember to change your toothbrush if you get the flu, have a cold or sore throat.
Follow your dentist’s instructions
Special instructions on how to floss might make a big difference. Hold the floss tightly and make sure you swipe the front and back of each tooth to remove hidden plaque. Be sure to ask your dentist questions. He or she is there to help you.