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February is National Children’s Dental Health Month. Here are some steps that you can take to keep your teeth healthy:
- Brush at least twice per day-after breakfast and before bedtime. If you can, brush after lunch or after sweet snacks.
- Brush all of your teeth, not just the front ones. Spend some time on the teeth along the sides and in the back. Brush away from your gums. Spend at least 3 minutes each time your brush.
- Be sure that your toothbrush has soft bristles. Replace your toothbrush every 3 months.
- Floss your teeth. Floss gets rid of food that is hidden where your toothbrush can’t reach.
- Visit the dentist at least twice per year. The dentist will check for cavities and signs of gum disease.
- Be careful about what you eat and drink. Eat at least 5 fruits and vegetables a day and drink water instead of pop.
Below you will find a list of common drinks and the amount of acid (pH) and sugar found in each product. The lower the pH number, the more acidic the drink will be which can cause decalcification of teeth. The beverages that have a pH closer to 7 will be less likely to contribute to decalcification of teeth. Beverages high in sugar can contribute to tooth decay. Bacteria that cause tooth decay thrive in a high sugar environment.
Please call your local dentist or your school nurse for more information!