Healthy Teeth Keep Smiles Happy. www.nysdental.org. Take care of your teeth and gums. YOUR TEETH : help you eat affect your speech make space for your grown-up teeth to guide them in position. You look better and feel better with a nice smile. KEEP THEM CLEAN. Brush and Floss.
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You look better and feel better with a nice smile.
Two times a day with a fluoride toothpaste
Even if you have healthy teeth, you should see your dentist twice a year.
At this visit your teeth will be checked and cleaned.
Cleanings remove plaque and tarter build-up on your teeth.
You will learn how to improve taking care of your teeth and gums with proper brushing and flossing instructions.
Cheese Raw vegetables
Fruit Plain yogurt
Learn how to read labels on food products
Teeth can get broken or cracked while playing sports
Wear a mouthguard
Your back teeth have grooves and depressions.
This area is hard to clean.
Avoid chewing on hard objects like pencils, ice or candy that could crack a tooth or filling.
If you lose or knock out a permanent tooth, find it but don’t clean it. Put it in a cup of milk and get to the dentist right away.
Protect your teeth with a mouthguard when playing sports.
Don’t smoke or use tobacco products.
Limit sweetened drinks—soda, sugary juices and sports drinks.
A healthy mouth helps to keep the rest of your body healthy
Kids don’t have to get cavities. Most dental diseases are preventable if you take good care of your oral health.
Begin today with proper brushing and flossing, a healthy diet and regular dental visits. You’ll be on the path to a healthy smile.
Some art work in this presentation was produced by children who took part in the New York State Dental Association “Keeping Smiles Brighter” creative contest. Held each February in conjunction with Children’s Dental Health Month, the contest is sponsored by Procter & Gamble, maker of Crest products. For Children’s Dental Health Month and contest information: www.nysdental.org
Sources:American Dental AssociationAmerican Academy of Pediatric DentistryU.S. Department of Health and Human Services
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