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Mouth and Teeth: How to Keep Them Healthy

By on March 26, 2012 in Health with 0 Comments

Taking good care of the mouth and teeth can help prevent problems as you age. Taking care of your teeth means brushing and flossing daily and visiting your dentist regularly.

Infants and children

The first set of teeth is almost completely formed at birth. At first these teeth “hide” under the gums. These teeth are important, because after they come out, they let your baby chew food, have a nice smile and speak well.

You can care for your baby’s teeth by following these suggestions:

  • Clean the new teeth every day. When you leave the baby teeth, clean them by rubbing gently with a clean washcloth and wet. When baby teeth are bigger, use a toothbrush for children.
  • Children under age of two should not use toothpaste. Instead, use water to brush your child’s teeth.
  • Do not let the child sleep with a bottle in his mouth. This can leave milk or juice on the teeth and cause tooth decay, called  “baby bottle tooth decay.”
  • Encourage older children to eat snacks that are low on sugar, such as fruits, cheese and vegetables. Avoid giving your child sweets that are sticky and gummy.
  • Teach your children how to brush their teeth and the importance of keeping their teeth clean.
  • Take your children to the dentist regularly. The American Dental Association recommends that children visit the dentist after one year of age.


Taking good care of your mouth and teeth will help you have pleasant breath, a nice smile and fewer cavities. Here are some simple things you can do:

  • Brush your teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste
  • Floss at least once a day
  • Do not smoke or chew, snuff, which can stain your teeth, bad breath and cause cancer.
  • Use the right protective headgear while playing contact sports.
  • Visit your dentist every year for regular checkups and cleanings.


Continuing good mouth care and teeth in the adult can help prevent tooth loss, sore gums or other problems. Here are some useful things you can do.

  • Brush your teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste
  • Floss at least once a day
  • Do not smoke or chew snuff
  • Ask your doctor if your medications have side effects that could damage your teeth, for example, some medications can cause you to have a dry mouth
  • Look inside your mouth regularly for sores that do not heal, irritated gums or other changes.
  • Visit your dentist regularly

If you have any problems with your teeth or something related to your mouth is concerned, go see your doctor or dentist right away.


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