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Oral Health Tips

Thanks to better at-home care and in-office dental treatments, more people are keeping their teeth throughout their lives. Some diseases and conditions can make dental disease and tooth loss more likely. But most of us have a good deal of control over whether we keep our teeth into old age.

In between regular visits to the dentist, there are simple steps that each of us can take to greatly decrease the risk of developing tooth decay, gum disease and other dental problems. These include:

•    Brushing thoroughly twice a day and flossing daily
•    Eating a balanced diet and limiting snacks between meals
•    Using dental products that contain fluoride, including toothpaste
•    Rinsing with a fluoride mouth rinse if your dentist tells you to
•    Making sure that your children under 12 drink fluoridated water or take a fluoride supplement if they live in a non-fluoridated area.