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Teach kids how to take care of their teeth

(NC)— Good oral health is essential to total health and well-being at any age. Help your children to develop daily oral hygiene habits that will give them something to smile about. Here are some helpful tips:

Children ages 3–6: Help your little ones to brush their teeth twice a day, using a pea-sized amount of fluoride toothpaste. Show them how to brush every tooth surface and their tongue, and make sure that they spit out the toothpaste when they are done.

Children ages 6‒13: Encourage them to begin flossing once a day, in addition to brushing twice a day for two minutes with fluoride toothpaste. Help children to make healthy food choices, avoiding sweets and sugars. Have them fitted for a sports mouthguard to be worn during athletic activity.

Teenagers: Remind them to brush their teeth at least twice a day with fluoride toothpaste, rinse with an antibacterial mouthwash, and clean in between the teeth at least once a day. Help your teenager to eliminate tobacco use and eat nutritious foods that are low in sugar. Teens should also remember to wear a sports mouthguard during active play.

More information about oral care is available online at www.dentalhygienecanada.ca.

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