Here are a few steps that you can take to decrease the risk of developing dental problems:

  • Brush 2 times a day with a power toothbrush

  • Floss or use soft picks daily, preferably at nighttime

  • Eat a balanced diet and limit snacking between meals

  • Use dental products that contain fluoride, including toothpaste

  • Rinse with a fluoride mouth rinse if your dentist advises you to

  • Make sure that your children under 12 drink fluoridated water or take a fluoride supplement if they live in a non-fluoridated area

  • Visit your dentist regularly for professional cleanings and oral exams

  • Replace your toothbrush every 3 to 4 months