Take care of your teeth and gums
Here's how you and your children can have healthy teeth and keep trips to the dentist to a minimum.
Brush your teeth twice a day
Brush your teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste.
Read more in our teeth cleaning guide.
Floss between your teeth
Floss or use an interdental brush every day to remove food, debris and plaque lodged between your teeth.
Read more about why it's important to floss.
Cut down on sugar, and other lifestyle tips
Have a healthy lifestyle, including eating well, not smoking and limiting your alcohol and sugar intake. It's good for your whole body, including your teeth, gums and mouth.
Read more about why a healthy lifestyle is good for your teeth.
Brush baby teeth as soon as they come through
Start brushing a baby's teeth as soon as they come through.
Here are tips on how to look after baby teeth, including the importance of avoiding sweetened foods and drinks.
Get children into a teeth-cleaning routine
Help your child have healthy teeth for life by having a good dental health routine.
Read more about how to look after your children's teeth.
Straighten crooked teeth with braces
More and more teenagers (and some adults) are having braces and orthodontics to straighten their teeth.
Have regular dental check-ups
Have regular check-ups with your dentist. Don't put off going for a check-up. Detecting problems early can mean they're easier to treat.
If problems aren't treated, they may lead to damage that's harder, or even impossible, to repair.
Read more about dental check-ups.
Don't delay dental treatments
There are a wide range of dental treatments available. Some, such as fillings and root canal treatment, are readily available on the NHS.
Others, such as cosmetic dentistry, are only available on the NHS in certain circumstances.
For information on who can get free dentistry, how to find an NHS dentist and what to expect from your dentist, see NHS dental services.
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Page last reviewed: 17 September 2018
Next review due: 17 September 2021