Floss Your Teeth

Floss your teeth daily and after any food that will stick in your teeth (i.e. corn on the cob, caramel, peanut butter, etc.). This cleans the other sides of your teeth that you couldn't reach with your toothbrush.

Limit the consumption of sugary and starchy foods each day.

Snacking frequently on sugars and starches can be our teeth's big enemy. Every day, you and your family face snacking challenges. Here's what you need to know:

The Plaque Reaction

Everyone has plaque germs in their mouths. But when these plaque germs meet up with the sugars and starches that are found in snacks such as cookies, toffees, dried fruits, soft drinks, or even potato chips, the plaque reacts to create acid, and a "plaque attack" occurs.

Fighting Back against Plaque

The good news is, you can take a stand against plaque! By brushing twice daily with a toothpaste recommended by your dentist and by reducing the consumption of sugary and starchy foods each day, you and your family can help prevent tooth decay.

Visit your dentist regularly.

The dentist is your family's partner on the Bright Smiles pathway. Be sure to schedule regular dental appointments for the whole family. A child's first visit should take place before his or her third birthday. Dental checkups early in a child's life allow children to have a positive dental health experience.

TIP: Take your young toddler with you to your own appointment first. That way, the dental office becomes a familiar place. Choose your foods wisely.