Keeping a Healthy Smile
Prevention of gum and tooth problems
For your mouth as for your car, it makes good sense to do some maintenance
on a regular basis rather than let a problem grow out of hand from neglect.
Follow the Canadian Dental Association's Five-Point Prevention Plan to keep
youth teeth and gums healthy.
Five-Point Prevention Plan
- Brush your teeth carefully at least once every 24 hours.
It takes about 2.5 to 3 minutes to do the job right.
- Floss your teeth daily.
Flossing cleans those areas your toothbrush simply can't reach between the
teeth and under the gumline.
- Eat, drink, but be wary.
Eat a well-balanced diet! Avoid sweet foods and drinks especially between
meals. And please don't smoke. Smoking can promote serious dental problems
like gum disease and oral cancer.
- Check your gums.
Check regularly for these signs of gum disease, the leading cause of adult
tooth loss: red, puffy or tender gums; gums that bleed even slightly when
you brush or floss; persistent bad breath. See your dentist if any occur.
- Don't wait until it hurts.
See your dentist for preventive checkups and professional cleanings. Regular
visits are the best way to prevent trouble and unnecessary expense.
Special thanks to the Canadian Dental Association for their help with this
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