Brushing: • Brush your teeth every morning and each evening before you go to bed. • Brush after eating whenever possible,especially after sugary foods. • Use a small amount of fluoride toothpaste when you brush. Fluoride helps prevent cavities. • Brush your teeth gently using small circles.Brush the top,front, and back of every tooth. • Use a soft toothbrush. Replace your toothbrush every 3-4 months. • Brush for at least three minutes each time you brush. (Use a timer or play a favorite song to practice brushing for a full three minutes.) • Brush your tongue when you have finished brushing your teeth. • Don’t share your toothbrush with others. It may spread germs. Flossing: • Remove plaque and food particles by flossing once a day. It is usually best to floss in the evening before you go to bed. • Wrap about 18 inches of floss around your middle fingers and gently slide the floss between each tooth. • Curve the floss to form a “C” shape and gently move it up and down to the gum line. • Use a fresh section as you floss each tooth. This will avoid transfer of food debris. D ental Visits: • Visit your dentist every six months for a checkup and cleaning. • The dentist will examine you for tooth decay, gum disease, and check how your teeth are growing. • The dentist may also treat your teeth with a fluoride sealant to help prevent tooth decay. G ood Nutrition: • Avoid eating sugary treats and sodas whenever possible. They are a major cause of tooth decay. • If you cannot brush after eating sweets,rinse your mouth with water or mouthwash. • Choose healthy snacks such as, popcorn, raw vegetables, fruit, cheese, or sugar-free yogurt. • Calcium is important for building strong bones and teeth. A good source of calcium includes low-fat milk, cheese,yogurt, and tofu. M outh G uar ds: • Mouth guards are designed to help cushion the mouth, teeth, and jaw. • A guard may prevent serious injury and keep from fracturing jaws, teeth, and severe cuts to the cheeks and tongue. • There are several types of mouth guards. Make sure you select one that fits properly and stays in place during vigorous activity. • Keep your mouth guard in good shape by rinsing it with soap and water or mouthwash after each use.Allow it to air-dry and keep it in a safe,clean place. Five Important Things You Can Do to Care for Your Teeth!