Did you know our teeth are meant to last a lifetime, and our tooth enamel is the hardest part of our body—even harder than our bones!

To keep our teeth for a lifetime, we need to take care of them by brushing, flossing and seeing the dentist.

To learn more about oral health, visit cdc.gov/oralhealth.

Roughly 78 percent of Americans have had at least one cavity by age 17. Stan and Carol Montee, a husband-and-wife dental team and owners of Montee & Montee Dental, talk about dental hygiene and best practices for at-home dental care.

That’s 10,000 gallons over a lifetime! Saliva is essential to good dental health because it washes food off the teeth, neutralizes acids in the mouth, fights germs and prevents bad breath.

 

To learn more about oral health, visit cdc.gov/oralhealth.