Oral Health

CDC's National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion: 6 Ways to Care for Your Mouth That Help You Stay Healthy
toothbrush
Brush twice a day with fluoride toothpaste. Keeping your teeth and gums clean can prevent cavities and gum disease.
no sugary snacks
Avoid sugary snacks and drinks, which can lead to cavities, obesity, type 2 diabetes, and other health problems.
glass of water
Drink fluoridated water to keep teeth strong and reduce cavities.
no smoking and limit alcohol
Avoid all forms of tobacco and limit alcohol. Smokers have twice the risk of gum disease compared to nonsmokers. Excessive alcohol use combined with tobacco use causes at least 75% of head and neck cancers.
dentistry tool
Visit the dentist regularly. Checkups can find cavities, gum disease, and other problems before they lead to more serious issues like infection and tooth loss.
blood sugar meter
If you have diabetes, work with your doctor to keep your blood sugar close to your target level. High blood sugar increases the risk of gum disease.

Learn more about how good oral health is important for overall health at www.cdc.gov/oralhealth.

Page last reviewed: August 23, 2021