How Much Do You Know About Taking Care of Your Teeth and Gums?
Hi Kids! We're the Healthy Toothousand and Beyond Team.
We're here to teach you all about good oral health, in other words, your teeth and gums. Did you know that YOU hold the key to a healthy smile? And the key to avoiding many dental problems is prevention. Your smile will last a lifetime if you take good care of it.
How much do you know about taking care of your teeth and gums? Read along and help us fill in the seven missing clues to a healthy smile.
Brushing and Flossing
To prevent cavities, make sure you brush your teeth after every
m _ _ _ with toothpaste that has fluoride. Brushing will remove plaque that can lead to tooth decay. F _ _ _ _ _ _ _ once a day will help you get rid of any extra plaque and food that your toothbrush cannot reach.
Visiting the Dentist
Your dentist plays an important role in keeping your smile healthy and bright. It's important to have a dental checkup t_ _ _ _ a year. Remember, your dentist is a friend who is there to keep your teeth and gums looking and feeling their best!
Eating the right food will keep you and your mouth healthy. For a balanced diet, you should eat from the
f _ _ _ food groups including fruits, vegetables, breads and cereals, dairy, and meat, fish and chicken. Stay away from too many sweets like sticky candy and chocolate. Too much sugar can cause c _ _ _ _ _ _ _.
Millions of t _ _ _ _ are knocked out every year while kids are playing sports. Mouthguards, or mouth protectors, will help you prevent injury to your mouth, especially to your teeth, lips, and tongue. Mouthguards should be worn while you are playing contact sports, including baseball, basketball, football, s _ _ _ _ _, rollerblading, and while riding your bicycle or scooter.
So how did you do? Were you able to fill in all the missing clues?
You can check your answers below. Just remember, the key to a healthy smile is to brush, floss, eat right, visit your dentist regularly, and wear a mouthguard when playing contact sports.
1. Meal 2. Flossing 3. Twice 4. Five 5. Cavities 6. Teeth