Your smile depends on simple dental care habits, such as brushing and flossing.
Oral health begins with clean teeth. Keeping the area where your teeth meet your gums clean can prevent gum disease, while keeping your tooth surfaces clean can help you stave off tooth decay.
Brush your teeth at least twice a day. Take time to do a thorough job. Use a fluoride toothpaste and a soft-bristled toothbrush that fits your mouth comfortably. Consider using an electric or battery-operated toothbrush, which can reduce plaque and a mild form of gum disease more than does manual brushing. These devices are also helpful if you have arthritis or other problems that make it difficult to brush effectively.
Daily flossing is important for oral health. If you find it hard to handle floss, use an interdental cleaner — such as a dental pick, pre-threaded flosser, or tiny brushes that reach between teeth.
And of course, to prevent gum disease and other oral health problems, schedule regular dental cleanings and exams. In the meantime, contact your dentist if you notice any signs or symptoms that could suggest oral health problems.
Remember : early detection and treatment of problems with your gums, teeth and mouth can help ensure a lifetime of good oral health.