Healthy Mouth

Eat Well

  • Avoid snacking on sweet and sticky foods between meals - they cause tooth decay
  • Enjoy a wide variety of healthy foods
  • Choose health snacks
  • Chew sugar free gum - it creates saliva which protects your teeth

Drink Well

  • Drink tap water - it's free and contains fluoride which helps protect your teeth from tooth decay
  • Avoid acidic or sugary drinks - they cause tooth decay
  • Drink plain milk with meals - it's an excellent source of calcium and other essential nutrients

Clean Well

  • Brush morning and night with a fluoride toothpaste for healthy teeth and gums
  • Use a small soft brush to avoid damage to teeth and gums
  • If you have sensitive teeth use a special toothpaste to reduce sensitivity, which you can find at the supermarket or pharmacy
  • Remember to clean between your teeth

Play Well

  • Protect your teeth with a mouth guard or full-face helmet when playing sport

Stay Well

  • Have a dental check up once a year to keep your teeth and gums healthy
  • Smoking causes cancer, gum disease and tooth loss - for help with quitting call Quitline on 137 848 or go to
  • Limit alcohol
  • Exercise regularly

Health Mouth