Brush Up On Good Teeth Care

Say Cheese! You use your teeth for biting, chewing, speaking and smiling so it's important to protect them and keep them looking their best.

Did you know that enamel, the hard white coating on your teeth is the hardest substance in your body? It protects the soft and sensitive tissue inside the teeth. However even though enamel is very hard, it has 2 enemies:

Plaque and Sugar

Your teeth are covered in an invisible film of bacteria called plaque. Whenever you eat or drink, your teeth also end up coated in sugar. The plaque feeds off the sugar and produces an acid which eats into your teeth. This causes holes in your teeth that can give you toothache and makes your gums sore and red. Your dentist will have to fill in the holes with a special metal to stop your tooth rotting away and falling out.

Toothache and gum disease are nothing to smile about!

To get rid of the plaque and sugar you need to brush your teeth twice a day. It's best to do them in the morning before breakfast and again before you go to bed at night.

How should you brush your teeth?

You only need to squeeze a pea sized amount of toothpaste on a wet toothbrush. You should spend 2-3 minutes brushing making sure you brush the back, front and sides of every single tooth – not just the ones you can see!

You shouldn't swallow toothpaste, so make sure you spit it out and rinse your mouth with water when you have finished. Your parents may also show you how to floss your teeth which helps remove any food which has got stick between your teeth. You may also use a mouthwash which helps stop plaque forming, but always ask an adult first as some mouthwashes are not good for kids.

Did you know you should change your tooth brush every 3 months?

Finally you should avoid drinking lots of fizzy drinks or eating too many sugary foods like chocolate and sweets which can cause a lot of damage to your teeth.

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