“Of all the things you wear, your smile is the most important!” - anonymous
So, how do you get a great smile? Taking care of your teeth is a great place to start. Teeth are a big part of your smile. Oral hygiene is important for kids and adults. Parents spend a lot of time teaching children to take care of their teeth.
Here are some reminders.
Brush your teeth at least twice a day. Brush in the morning and before you go to bed. Use toothpaste with fluoride. Use enough to cover the bristles on your toothbrush.
Use a soft-bristled brush. Find a toothbrush that fits your hand and reaches every area in your mouth. Brush all of your teeth, not just the ones that show when you smile. Be sure to brush your tongue to keep your breath fresh. Brushing your tongue removes the bacteria that can cause bad breath.
Floss at least once a day. Flossing removes food, bacteria, and plaque, which can cause tooth decay. Floss gently so gums do not bleed.
Use mouthwash to make your breath smell good, but never substitute mouthwash for brushing or flossing.
Eat a healthy diet. Avoid foods high in sugar that cause tooth decay.
See your dentist twice a year for a checkup and cleaning.