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Oral Hygiene Basics


Oral health: Brush up on dental care basics

Oral health — Use these daily dental care tips to improve your oral health. Read "Oral health: Brush up on dental care basics" article

What is Good Oral Hygiene?

Maintaining good oral hygiene is one of the most important things you can do for your teeth and gums. Healthy teeth not only enable you to look and feel good, they make it possible to eat and speak properly. Read "What is Good Oral Hygiene?" article

Taking Care of Your Teeth

Thanks to better at-home care and in-office dental treatments, more people are keeping their teeth throughout their lives. Some diseases and conditions can make dental disease and tooth loss more likely. Read "Taking Care of Your Teeth" article

Family Guide to Oral Health

By following the information in this guide, you and your family can have healthy teeth and gums to last a lifetime.    Read "Family Guide to Oral Health" article

What's in Your Mouth

Click on the words to discover what's hiding in your mouth! Make sure the sound is on. Read "What's in Your Mouth" article


Proper nutrition means eating a balanced diet so your body can get the nutrients needed for good health. Every day, your body renews itself,     Read "Nutrition" article

Soda or Pop? It's Teeth Trouble by Any Name

It's called "pop" in the Midwest and most of Canada. It's "soda" in the Northeast. And it goes by a well-known brand name in much of the South.    Read "Soda or Pop? It's Teeth Trouble by Any Name" article

Smart Snacks for Healthy Teeth

Sugary snacks taste so good — but they aren't so good for your teeth or your body. The candies, cakes, cookies and other sugary foods that kids love to eat between meals can cause tooth decay    Read "Smart Snacks for Healthy Teeth" article

Mouth-Healthy Eating

If you want to prevent cavities, how often you eat can be just as important as what you eat.    Read "Mouth-Healthy Eating" article

Saliva and Chewing Gum — The Benefits to Oral Health

Research suggests that chewing sugarless gum can be good for the health of your smile. Read "Saliva and Chewing Gum — The Benefits to Oral Health" article

Slide show: Oral health — Illustrated guide to the mouth

You use your mouth to speak, eat, kiss and smile, among other tasks. The key to keeping everything working well is good oral health. Having healthy teeth and gums isn't a given, though. Preventing tooth decay and other oral health problems takes effort. Promote good oral health by understanding what's behind your smile — your teeth, gums, tongue and salivary glands. Read "Slide show: Oral health — Illustrated guide to the mouth" article

Videos and Interactive Guides

How to Brush

Learn the technique recommended for the best cleaning.

How to Floss

Find simple instructions for effective flossing.

Fresh Breath Assessment

How fresh is your breath? Find out by visiting the Fresh Breath Institute.

Guide to Brushing

Test your brushing skills with our FUN 3-D brusher.

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