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Take Care of Your Teeth and Gums


The Basics

It’s important to keep your teeth and gums healthy. Here’s how:

  • Brush your teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste.
  • Floss between your teeth every day.
  • Visit a dentist regularly for checkups and cleaning.
  • Cut down on sugary foods and drinks.
  • Don’t smoke or chew tobacco.

Watch Out for Plaque

Plaque (“plak”) is a sticky substance that forms on your teeth. When plaque stays on your teeth too long it can lead to tooth decay (cavities) and gum disease. Cavities and gum disease are the main causes of tooth loss.

Start Today: Small Steps

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