Avoid foods that contain a lot of sugar. Sugar helps plaque grow.

Avoid using tobacco products, which can cause gum disease and oral cancer.

Exposure to tobacco smoke (secondhand smoke) also may cause gum disease as well as

other health problems.

Practice tongue cleaning. You can use a tongue cleaner or a soft-bristle toothbrush,

stroking in a back-to-front direction. Tongue cleaning is particularly important for people

who smoke or whose tongues are coated or deeply grooved.

Schedule regular trips to the dentist based on how often you need exams and cleaning.

Experts recommend that your child's dental care start at 12 months of age. If your baby has dental problems caused by injury, disease, or a developmental problem, see your pediatric dentist right away.



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