The Canadian Dental Associations 5 Point Prevention Plan

Prevention Plan

1. Don't rush your brush.
Brush your teeth carefully at least once every 24 hours. It takes about 2 ½ to 3 minutes to do the job right.

2. Clean between
Floss your teeth daily. Flossing cleans those areas that your toothbrush simply can't reach - between the teeth and below the gumline.

3. Eat, drink, but be wary.
Eat a well-balanced diet. Avoid sweet foods and drinks - especially between meals. And please don't smoke. Smoking can promote serious dental problems like gum disease and oral cancer.

4. Check your gums.
Check regularly for these signs of gum disease, the leading cause of tooth loss - red, puffy or tender gums; gums that bleed - even slightly - when you brush or floss; persistent bad breath. See your dentist if any of these occur.

5. Don't wait until it hurts
See your dentist for preventive checkups and professional hygiene treatment. Regular visits are the best way to prevent trouble and unnecessary expense.

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