Start Early to Protect Your Oral Health

June 26, 2015 / Weaam Kahabka

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It is never too early to take care of your teeth. Taking care of your teeth should begin with primary teeth also known as “baby teeth.” According to the American Dental Association (ADA), a child should be examined by a dentist within six months of his or her first tooth emerging and no later than their first birthday.

Proper care for your teeth as a child will also benefit you into the future. According to a study conducted by the CDC, roughly 91 percent of adult Americans have had cavities. Taking good care of your teeth, mouth and gums can prevent tooth decay, gum disease, such as gingivitis, and bad breath. Here are some tips to care for your teeth and prevent cavities.

  • Brush twice a day for two minutes with fluoride toothpaste

  • Floss at least once a day

  • Visit your dentist for regular checkups

  • Use fluoride mouthwash

  • Control the amount of sugary foods and drinks you consume

Keep in mind, brushing your teeth regularly twice a day can help remove plaque, but flossing is just as important to your oral health. MouthHealthy.org explains that flossing can remove plaque in between teeth where a toothbrush might not be able to reach. A healthy mouth makes for a healthy beautiful smile.

To learn more, visit ADA.org.