Healthy teeth and gums
GEHA | December 13, 2018
We know that taking care of our physical and mental health are important. Equally important is our dental health, beginning with clean teeth. For a healthy smile and mouth, keep your tooth surfaces and gums clean to help prevent cavities and gum disease.
Follow these tips to take care of your teeth and gums:
- Brush twice a day, morning and night. Don’t neglect brushing before bed to get rid of the germs and plaque that accumulate throughout the day.
- Brush properly. Take your time and move the toothbrush in gentle circular motions to remove plaque. Use a fluoride toothpaste and soft-bristled toothbrush. Consider using an electric or battery-operated toothbrush.
- Brush your tongue. Plaque can also build up on your tongue, which can lead to bad breath and oral health problems.
- Floss once a day. It stimulates the gums, reduces plaque and removes tiny pieces of food stuck between your teeth.
- Use mouthwash. It reduces the amount of acid in your mouth and cleans hard-to-brush areas around the gums.
- Drink more water. Drinking water after every meal helps wash out some of the negative effects of sticky and acidic foods and beverages.
- Eat crunchy fruits and vegetables. This helps build strong teeth and jaws, especially in children.
- Be mindful of sugary and acidic foods. Sugar converts to acid in the mouth, which can erode tooth enamel and lead to cavities.
- See your dentist twice a year. Your dentist can remove plaque, look for cavities and spot potential issues.
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