Taking Care of Your Teeth
CARING FOR YOUR TEETH
- Brush your teeth two times a day
- Use fluoride toothpaste
- Use floss every day
- Use an antiseptic mouthwash
- Eat healthy foods like fruits and vegetables
- Limit foods with sugar, especially soda and juice
- Do not smoke or use chewing tobacco
- Drink New York City water – It has fluoride!
- SEE YOUR DENTIST TWO TIMES A YEAR!
10 FUN TOOTH FACTS
- The enamel on the top surface on your tooth is the hardest part of your whole body.
- Teeth start to form even before you are born—baby teeth start to form when the baby is in the womb, but they come through when the child is between 6-12 months old.
- People use four different types of teeth (incisors, canine, premolars, and molars) to cut, tear and grind their food.
- People have only two sets of teeth in their entire lifetime—baby teeth and permanent teeth. Once you have your permanent teeth, make sure you take good care of them!
- No two people have the same set of teeth—your teeth are as unique as your fingerprint, so be proud of your teeth.
- Your mouth produces over 25,000 quarts of saliva in a lifetime—that’s enough to fill two swimming pools. Saliva has many uses, including helping you with your digestion and protecting your teeth from bacteria in your mouth.
- An average person spends 38.5 days brushing their teeth over their lifetime.
- Many diseases are linked to your oral health, including heart disease, osteoporosis, and diabetes.
- Two thirds of your tooth is underneath your gums—that means only one third of your tooth’s length is visible.
- If you get your tooth knocked out, put it in milk and then hold it in your mouth—this will help your tooth to survive longer. Make sure you see a dentist right away.