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Dental Hygiene What You Need to Know About Taking Care of Your Teeth
The Importance of a Clean Mouth Keeping your teeth, gums, and mouth healthy clean and healthy can prevent disease, sickness, pain, and infections. Our teeth need to be cleaned everyday to prevent bacteria from growing in our mouth. Bacteria that grow on teeth is called PLAQUE.
TIPS For Clean Teeth! Brush your teeth TWICE a day for at least 2 minutes! Use a toothbrush with SOFT bristles. Use fluoride toothpaste and mouthwash. NEVER swallow toothpaste or mouthwash. When you brush, make sure you brush all parts of your teeth and don’t forget your tongue too! Floss ONCE a day.
MORE Tips! Rinse off your toothbrush after you brush. Keep your toothbrush in a clean, dry place. Not on the bathroom counter. Replace your toothbrush every 3-4 months. Wash your hands before you use your toothbrush.
Different Parts of Your Teeth Crown – the part of the tooth we can see in our mouth. Root – “planted” into the jawbone to keep the tooth in place 3 layers of teeth: Enamel – hard, protective outer layer of the tooth. Dentine – second protective layer covering the nerve of the tooth. Pulp – (nerve) soft middle of the tooth that has a blood supply.
What Do Our Teeth Do?! We use our teeth to bite, chew, and break down food. Our teeth also help us to form words so we can speak. There are 3 different types of teeth in our mouths: Incisors – cutting Canines – tearing Molars and Pre-Molars – grind up food so it is small enough to swallow.
A Trip To The Dentist You should visit your dentist every 6 months for a cleaning. (That’s twice a year!) Make sure you tell your dentist if you feel any pain or sensitivity in your mouth. This is important! The dental hygienist is the man/woman who cleans your teeth and takes x- rays.
What Happens If We Don’t Take Care of Our Teeth… Teeth can DECAY if they are not cleaned properly. When this happens, teeth start to rot, they turn brown, the root or nerve dies, and parts of the teeth start to chip or fall out.
Did You Know? If you clean your teeth everyday and take care of them you can keep them forever! Teeth are the hardest part of your body. Fluoride was introduced in toothpaste in the 1970s. In 1770, the first toothbrush was invented and so were the first false teeth, made out of porcelain, by William Addis in England.