January 2022 Spotlight
oral health! Start this new year off right and
take 5 simple steps to have your best smile yet!
Visit the dentist. A dentist can help
catch problems like decay, gum disease
or oral cancer at an early stage when
Use the right toothbrush. Always use a
brush with soft bristles. And replace
your toothbrush every 3 months or when
the bristles are frayed or worn.
Practice proper technique. Remember to
hold the toothbrush at a 45-degree
angle, pointed toward the gum line, and
use gentle, short, circular motions.
Brush all of your teeth for a total of 2
minutes, at least twice a day.
Floss daily. Flossing adds to good oral
hygiene; it helps with healthier gums
and cleaner teeth. Simply wrap 18
inches of floss around your index
fingers, keeping two inches of floss
between your fingers to work with.
Unroll a fresh piece of floss for each
tooth, keeping the floss tight between
the tooth to help break up plaque
(sticky film) and to care for your gums.
Ditch the sugar and soda. Sugar fuels
bacteria and increases acidity in your
mouth and causes plaque to form and eat
away at your enamel and gums. Although
a soda can occasionally won't hurt, one
can or more a day makes your tooth
enamel softer and more susceptible to
cavities. Try to cut down on sugary
drinks and treats and switching to water
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