Facts About Dental Health
Keeping good dental health can be very simple. You can have a bright smile and keep yourself from getting bad breath, cavities and gum disease by learning the answers to the following questions:
Q How can I take care of my mouth at home?
A Brush with a fluoride toothpaste at least twice a day, and floss once a day to help stop decay between your teeth.
Q If I brush and floss well, do I still need regular dental checkups?
A Yes. No one can keep your teeth perfectly clean, and regular checkups will let your dentist or hygienist remove the plaque and tartar buildup from your teeth and find any problems while they are still easy to correct.
Q How does what I eat affect my teeth?
A Eating a balanced diet will provide your body with the vitamins and minerals necessary for healthy teeth and gums. Limit foods that are high in sugar, such as soft drinks and candy, and enjoy snacks that are good for you, such as apples, carrots and popcorn.
Q How do cigarettes and chewing tobacco affect my mouth?
A Any products containing tobacco increase your risk of getting oral cancer. Also, if you smoke you are very likely to develop periodontal (gum) disease.