Dr. Lewis' Favorite Tips for Healthy Teeth and Gums
Follow these simple rules and you can dramatically decrease the chance of many forms of oral disease. Remember, good dental health is a life change, and is extremely important to help you keep your smile bright!
- Brush twice a day with a soft to medium toothbrush.
- Use an antibacterial mouth wash twice a day.
- Brush and floss daily to reduce heart attack and stroke risk.
- A yearly cleaning and exam can help prevent costly treatments and save you money.
- If you whiten teeth, avoid tea and coffee for 30 minutes after bleaching.
- Avoid chewing or biting hard objects that could crack teeth.
- Wear a mouth guard when playing sports.
- Limit a toddler's juice intake to 4 ounces at meal time only.
- Poor maternal oral health can affect an unborn child.
- Decay-causing bacteria can be passed from mother to child.
- If a child breaks or knocks out a tooth, immediately put it under the child's tongue
(if old enough) or in milk and CALL YOUR DENTIST.
American Dental Association (ADA)
Michigan Dental Association (MDA)
Michigan Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (MAPD)
Michigan Department of Community Health (MDCH)
University of Michigan Dental School