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Brush your teeth at least twice a day (morning and before bed time) and floss at least once a day. Better still, brush after every meal and snack. These activities remove plaque, which if not removed, combines with sugars to form acids that lead to tooth decay. Bacterial plaque also causes gum disease and other periodontal diseases.

Antibacterial mouth rinses also reduce bacteria that cause plaque and gum disease, and fluoride mouth rinse can help prevent tooth decay.

From: Your Oral Health Care Plan WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCE: American Dental Association.

Reviewed by Alfred D. Wyatt Jr. on June 01, 2018

SOURCE: American Dental Association.

Reviewed by Alfred D. Wyatt Jr. on June 01, 2018

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