After your 20 baby teeth are gone, your 32 permanent serve you the rest of your life (if you take care of them)! Fun fact: According to the ADA, everyone's teeth are wholly unique, proving everyone's smile is truly their own.
Simply brushing and flossing!
That's right: According to the ADA, the best way to brighten your teeth is keeping up with your everyday dental health habits — brushing twice a day with fluoride toothpaste and cleaning between the teeth once a day. If you need extra brightening power, look for a stain-removal toothpaste or at-home bleaching products with the ADA Seal.
300 types of bacteria!
The ADA says there are around 300 kinds of bacteria that can do damage to your teeth. But luckily, maintaining your dental hygiene is the best way to combat the bacterial horde.
Both are fine!
As the ADA says, "Your teeth don't care." As long as you're brushing correctly with fluoride toothpaste twice a day for two minutes, you're good!
Every 3–4 months!
The ADA suggests switching out your toothbrush every 3–4 months, but if bristles are fraying, go ahead and swap it out earlier.
But this doesn't mean you should stop macking on your S.O. The ADA wants to remind you that smooching can transfer cavity-causing bacteria to someone else, but luckily, regular brushing habits will keep your mouth clean and kissable.
Ok, obviously, candy in general isn't great for your teeth. But if you must partake (and most of us surely must), the ADA recommends you go with chocolate, as it washes off your teeth better than most candy.
Turns out good oral hygiene is actually pretty simple — brush twice a day with fluoride toothpaste, clean between your teeth daily, and don't forget to make an appointment with your dentist.
Before you put your money where your mouth is, look for the American Dental Association Seal of Acceptance. More than 200 products have been evaluated by dentists — and they don’t get the Seal unless they are safe and really work. Look for products with the ADA Seal at CVS Pharmacy® or wherever dental products are sold.
All facts provided by the American Dental Association.
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