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Educational Resources
How Do I Care For My Smile?
Learn healthy habits, proper tooth care, and bust tooth care myths so you can take care of your smile! Visit CDC for more information on how to care for your smile, or DentaQuest for more brushing tips.

How to brush teeth informational video
How to Brush
Watch this video by Checkdent to learn good toothbrushing habits.
Dental Cleaning Resources
NAU Dental Hygiene Services NAU Dental Hygiene Clinic
Northern Arizona University's Department of Dental Hygiene offers dental cleanings for adults and children, dental sealants, and other services at their dental hygiene clinic.

208 E. Pine Knoll Dr
Flagstaff, AZ 86011
Building 66, room 215


Coconino County Vouchers County Vouchers
Take care of your smile by getting regular dental cleanings. Use the Coconino county vouchers for a preventative cleaning! See more information here, or a Spanish version here.


FACT vs. FICTION
Breaking down common misconceptions about oral health care
MYTH TRUTH
Dental care is not safe during pregnacy. Most dental care is safe during all trimesters of pregnancy. Check with your doctor and your dentist when you schedule an appointment.
Tooth loss in adults is a normal part of aging. Tooth loss in adults is not normal and is typically caused by a preventable disease.
Almost all oral disease including cavities and gum disease are preventable. True, cavities and gum disease are preventable.
Baby teeth are not important, so it is ok if they get cavities or must be pulled. Baby teeth are important. They assist with speech development, eating, a child’s self-esteem, and save space for adult teeth.
How much toothpaste is appropriate for a child who cannot spit? Toothpaste the size of a grain of rice Toothpaste the size of a grain of rice is recommended for a child who cannot spit.
How much toothpaste is appropriate for a child who can spit? Toothpaste the size of a pea Toothpaste the size of a pea is appropriate for a child who can spit.
How much toothpaste is appropriate for an adult? Toothpaste the size of a pea Toothpaste the size of a pea is appropriate for an adult.
Taking a child to see the dentist before their first birthday is not important. The American Dental Association recommends that a child be seen before the age of one or when their first tooth erupts.
Gum disease (gingivitis and periodontitis) is natural. Gum disease is not normal, is preventable and is caused by bacterial in the mouth that can be removed with a toothbrush and interdental cleaners like dental floss or toothpicks.
It is normal for gums to bleed when you brush or floss. Bleeding gums are not normal and could be a sign of gum disease.
It is ok to brush your teeth once a day. False, the American Dental Association recommend that you brush at least twice a day for two minutes.
It is normal for children to have brown spots on their teeth. False, children’s teeth should be a creamy white color. White lines and dark spots are a sign of cavities. A child with white lines or dark spots should see an oral health professional right away.
It is ok to give a child a sippy cup with watered down juice. Juice, even if it is watered down, causes cavities. It is recommended that juice is only given to children with their meals.
Energy drinks are a good substitute for soda because they don’t cause cavities. Many energy drinks have more sugar then soda. Parents should read the labels to make sure any beverage that a child drinks does not contain sugar or carbohydrates.


Oral Health Posters & Brochures
Click on the posters below created by NAU dental hygeine students to learn more about oral health​​:

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