Teeth and Gum Care

Most problems with teeth and gums can be prevented if you do the following:

  • Brush your teeth.

  • Brush after each meal or at least 3 times a day with a soft bristle tooth brush.

  • Brush in a circular motion.

  • Brush close to your gums as well as your teeth.

  • Brush your back teeth longer than your front teeth.

  • Floss your teeth once a day. Before bedtime is a good time to floss.

  • Go to a dentist 2 times a year.

  • Eat a balanced diet.

  • Eat good meals including fruits, vegetables, fish, chicken or other meat, and milk products.

  • Drink 8 to 10 glasses of water a day.

  • Do not eat candy or snack foods.

  • Do not drink sugar-sweetened soft drinks or juice.

  • If a problem develops, go to your dentist right away.

  • Common problems are cavities, bleeding gums, sores or lumps in your mouth, or pain in your teeth, gums or jaws.

  • It is important to see a Dentist right away for these problems because you may lose your teeth or have a lot of pain if you do not go soon.

  • Take care of your child's teeth.

  • Brush the teeth with a soft bristle tooth brush.

  • Do not let your child eat or drink sweet foods and drinks.

  • Do not let your child fall asleep with a bottle in his or her mouth.

  • Take your child to a dentist when they are between 2 and 3 years old. This is the age you should start taking your child to a dentist. If your child has problems with their teeth, take them to a dentist sooner.

  • If a tooth is knocked out (yours or your child's):

  • Save the tooth if possible.

  • Wrap it in tissue or put it in a glass of milk.

  • Take it with you to your dentist right away.