For your mouth as for your car, it makes good sense to do some maintenance on a regular basis rather than let a problem grow out of hand from neglect. Follow the Canadian Dental Association's Five-Point Prevention Plan to keep your teeth and gums healthy.
Five-Point Prevention Plan
- Brush your tongue and teeth twice a day.
It takes about 2.5 to 3 minutes to do the job right.
- Floss your teeth daily.
Flossing cleans those areas your toothbrush simply can't reach between the teeth and under the gumline.
- Eat, drink, but be wary.
Eat a well-balanced diet! Avoid sweet foods and drinks, especially between meals. And please don't smoke. Smoking can promote serious dental problems like gum disease and oral cancer.
- Check your gums.
Check regularly for these signs of gum disease, the leading cause of adult tooth loss: red, puffy or tender gums; gums that bleed even slightly when you brush or floss; persistent bad breath. See your dentist if any occur.
- Don't wait until it hurts.
See your dentist for preventive checkups and professional cleanings. Regular visits are the best way to prevent trouble and unnecessary expense.
Special thanks to the Canadian Dental Association for their help with this article.
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