How to take care of your teeth and gums


Take care of your teeth and gums. Here's how you and your children can have healthy teeth and keep trips to the dentist to a minimum:

Floss between your teeth


Floss or use an interdental brush every day to remove food, debris and plaque lodged between your teeth.

Cut down on sugar - and other lifestyle tips


Have a healthy lifestyle, including eating well, not smoking and limiting your alcohol and sugar intake. It's good for your whole body, including your teeth, gums and mouth.

Brush baby teeth as soon as they come through


Start brushing a baby's teeth as soon as they come through. including the importance of avoiding sweetened foods and drinks.

Straighten crooked teeth with braces


More and more teenagers (and some adults) are having braces and orthodontics to straighten their teeth.

Have regular dental check-ups


Have regular check-ups with your dentist. Don't put off going for a check-up. Detecting problems early can mean they're easier to treat. If problems are not treated, they may lead to damage that is harder, or even impossible, to repair.

Don't delay with dental treatments


There are a wide range of dental treatments available. Some, such as fillings and root canal treatment, are readily available on the NHS. Others, such as cosmetic dentistry, are only available on the NHS in certain circumstances.

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