Since gum disease and other health problems may be linked, keeping your teeth and gums healthy is very important.

Brush Your Teeth Well Twice a Day

Floss or use another between-the-tooth cleaner once a day. Consider also using an anti-microbial (germ-fighting) mouth rinse every day.

Choose Dental Products with the American Dental Associations’s Seal of Acceptance

This is an important symbol of a dental product’s safety and effectiveness. The ADA Seal tells you that the product is not only safe, it also does what it claims to do.

Schedule Regular Dental Checkups

Professional cleanings are the only way to remove tartar, which traps plaque bacteria along or below the gum line.

Tell Your Dentist About Changes in Your Overall Health

Particularly any recent illnesses or ongoing conditions. Provide an updated health history including medication use – both prescription and non-prescription products. If you use tobacco, talk to your dentist about options for quitting.

If You Are Pregnant or Thinkg About Becoming Pregnant, Pay Close Attention to Your Teeth and Gums

That’s because pregnancy – and the changing hormone levels that occur with it – can increase some dental problems. Taking good care of your oral health is important for you and your baby.

For more information about oral health, visit www.ADA.org