HOW LONG WILL YOUR TEETH LAST?

Your teeth are meant to last a lifetime, but they still need proper care to prevent such tooth threatening problems as decay and gum disease. Read this booklet to find out how to care for your teeth so they stay healthy, strong, and attractive.

BACK TO BASICS

Thanks to fluoridate water and toothpastes, better nutrition, and improved dental care, Americans’ teeth are healthier than ever. But that doesn’t mean you can neglect yours. Tooth decay is still the number-one cause of all tooth loss, and gum disease is responsible for most tooth loss in adults 35 and older. The best way to prevent these and other problems is to master the basics of daily dental care, especially the proper ways to brush and floss.

BRUSHING

Brushing removes food particles and plaque from your teeth, making them look clean and freshening your breath. Brush at least twice a day with a fluoridated toothpaste that has the American Dental Association (ADA) seal of acceptance. Use a brush with soft, rounded bristles and replace it every three months. Follow these steps to clean all surfaces: