The Canadian Dental Association's 5-Point Prevention Plan
- Don't rush your brush.
Brush your teeth carefully at least once every twenty-four hours. It takes about 2 1/2 to 3 minutes to do the job right.
- Clean between.
Floss your teeth daily. Flossing cleans those areas your toothbrush simply can't reach -- between the teeth and below 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.