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Healthy Teeth Keep Smiles Happy. 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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Take care of your teeth and gums

  • 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.








Two times a day with a fluoride toothpaste

  • Place toothbrush at a 45-degree angle against gums.
  • Move brush back and forth gently in short (tooth-wide) strokes.
  • Brush outer tooth surfaces, inner tooth surfaces, and chewing surfaces of teeth.
  • Use the "toe" of the brush to clean the inside surfaces of the front teeth, use a gentle up-and-down stroke.
  • Brush your tongue to remove bacteria and freshen your breath.


  • Brushing cleans tops and sides of teethFlossing cleans between them
  • Break off a piece of floss as long as your arm.
  • Wrap the floss around one finger of each hand.
  • Hold a small part of the floss tightly between your thumb and forefinger.
  • Pull the floss gently into the spaces between teeth.
  • Slowly work the floss up and down from each side of the tooth and below the gum. Clean the sides of the tooth by curving the floss around each tooth in the shape of a "C."
  • Ask your dentist about floss holders for kids.

Visit the dentist

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.


Don’t snack too much between meals

Healthy snacks

Cheese Raw vegetables

Fruit Plain yogurt

Popcorn Nuts

Sugarless gum



Learn how to read labels on food products


Protect your teeth when playing active sports

Teeth can get broken or cracked while playing sports

Wear a mouthguard


What is a sealant?

  • A sealant is a clear or shaded plastic material that your dentist may “paint” on your back teeth.
  • It forms a coating or barrier to protect the tooth from bacteria and bits of food.
  • Sealants can reduce the risk of decay for children and teens.

Your back teeth have grooves and depressions.

This area is hard to clean.


Make Good Choices

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 Lifetime of HealthyTeeth Starts Now

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.


Keep Your Smile Happy

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:

Sources:American Dental AssociationAmerican Academy of Pediatric DentistryU.S. Department of Health and Human Services

©2003 New York State Dental Association