Oral Health Spotlight


January 2022 Spotlight

To your oral health!  Start this new year off right and take 5 simple steps to ​have your best smile yet! 

  1. Visit the dentist. A dentist can help catch problems like decay, gum disease or oral cancer at an early stage when they're treatable.

  2. 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.

  3. 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. 

  4. 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, keep​ing 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.

  5. 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 instead.

  For more information on keeping your smile bright, please visit:   http://publichealth.lacounty.gov/ohp/docs/Flyer.pdf

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