As an adult, visit the dentist every six months for regular check-ups and cleanings to prevent periodontal disease, the single biggest cause of tooth loss in adults.
Use a soft-bristled toothbrush that won't scratch or irritate teeth or damage gums.
Don't rush when you brush. Make sure you spend enough time to clean your teeth properly, usually two minutes or so, and brush at least two times a day.
Invest in a Sonicare power toothbrush to ensure effective brushing for two minutes. There are several models, including one for children.
Remember to brush your tongue to remove bacteria that can cause bad breath.
Floss at least one to two times a day to dislodge food in between teeth and also remove plaque on teeth and along the gum line. Ease floss in between teeth gently rather than snapping it into place and potentially damaging gums.
Thoroughly rinse toothbrushes after use, but do not cover or store them in closed containers on a regular basis - this can encourage the growth of microorganisms.
Replace toothbrushes or brush heads when they become worn and frayed, usually every three to four months or more often for children.
Find out if your home's water supply is fluoridated. If it's not, we can suggest alternative ways to provide fluoride protection.
Start regular dentist appointments as early as possible. Our office starts seeing children once they've turned 3 years old.