It’s a scary statistic, but did you know at least three out of four Americans will have a cavity by the time they reach 17? Taking care of your teeth and seeing a dentist will reduce your chance of getting cavities and other oral problems. Here’s what you can do to keep your mouth healthy:

  • Brush every day, at least twice a day
  • Brush for at least two minutes
  • Floss every day
  • Visit a dentist at least twice a year
  • Make wise choices – cut out sugary drinks and sweets; eat more fruits and vegetables
  • Don’t smoke

Dental Care & Your Health

Did you know that your oral health affects your overall health? It does. Tooth and gums problems are also connected to other medical problems, including:

  • Heart disease and stroke
  • Respiratory disease
  • Arthritis
  • Diabetes
  • Pre-term births
  • Low-weight babies

6 Quick Ways to Support Children’s Oral Health

  • 1. Make #Brushtime fun by playing Watch&Brush videos during your 2min2x routine
  • 2. Brush for two minutes, twice a day and track your progress with the Brushing Checklist
  • 3. Practice cleaning teeth with the Toothsavers App
  • 4. Take the 2MIN2X Text Challenge
  • 5. Share a selfie on social media (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, or Google+) and us the hashtags #2min2x #brushtime
  • 6. Download oral health resources

The mission of the Connecticut Oral Health Initiative is to provide the entire state of Connecticut with the information they need regarding daily teeth care.