Taking Care of Your Teeth

For a smile that lasts a lifetime, it's important to take care of your teeth. Let's learn about some things you can do every day to keep your teeth healthy and strong.

Brushing and flossing

First, take care of the basics. Brush thoroughly at least twice a day. And floss every day, too. To help strengthen your teeth, use a fluoride toothpaste and drink fluoridated water. You can often get fluoride by drinking from public water supplies. Bottled water may not have enough fluoride to help your teeth.

Limit damage

Next, avoid things that damage your teeth. Stay away from foods and drinks that are sugary, sticky or acidic. These can cause cavities. Avoid hard foods that may crack or break your teeth. Don't use tobacco products, and limit how much alcohol you drink. These things are bad for oral health.

Other problems

Medical issues affect your oral health, too. Diabetes and dry mouth can both raise your risk for gum disease. So if you have diabetes, work to keep it under control. And if you have dry mouth, drink plenty of water and chew sugarless gum.


And finally, see your dentist regularly. Go to all of your regular checkups and cleanings. And let your dentist know if you are having pain or some other problem. Your dentist will create a care plan that's right for you.