Healthy Tips

By practicing a few simple oral health habits, you will go a long way toward keeping your healthy smile. Think of good oral health habits as part of an overall healthy lifestyle. Always be sure to get regular preventive care from your dentist.

  • Visit your dentist for regular, preventive check-ups two times a year or more, depending on what your dentist tells you.
  • Brush your teeth with a soft brush at least two times a day
  • Floss every day between each of your teeth
  • Brush your tongue to cut down on germs and not have bad breath
  • If you do not have water with fluoride, check with your dentist about the benefit of toothpaste and rinses with fluoride
  • Avoid eating lots of hard foods and sweets such as sodas and candy

Oral Health Resources

For additional oral health information visit the following web sites:


The American Dental Association provides professionals and consumeres information on a variety of oral health topics. Topics include general oral health care, sealants for children, and how your oral health may be affected by diabetes and cancer. It also includes a special section for students and teachers.


The American Dental Hygienist’s Association has oral and general health articles.

The Academy of General Dentistry’s web site provides helpful information about the relationship between oral health and overall health. This site also offers an interactive SmileLine where you can ask oral health questions to dental professionals.

The St. Louis Metropolitan Medical Society is the voice for thousands of medical SLMMS New Locationand osteopathic physicians in the city of St. Louis and St. Louis County.

Give Kids A Smile is a local charity that hosts free dental clinics which provide a free, comprehensive dental care to children up to age 13 from families unable to afford dental care.

The American Academy of Periodontology’s web site has resources about warning signs and treatment options for periodontal (gum) disease.

The National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion contains comprehensive information on topics that help prevent oral disease and promote better oral health.

Wellness Resources – NetWellness Consumer Health Information provides the highest quality health information and education services.