Smart Smiles

Great oral health at every age

Brushing and flossing are important — but there’s more to good oral health. That’s why we created Smart Smiles. With our Smart Smiles program, you have the tools you need to help you — and your family — have healthy teeth and gums for life.


Early Childhood

Those baby teeth matter! We welcome our littlest plan members with a toothbrush kit designed just for them and the information you need to form healthy habits.

Stages of Baby Teeth
The early life of baby teeth - what your child's dentist calls primary teeth - start showing up when a baby is about 6 months old.
What to do When your Child's Tooth is Loose
Every child loves the tooth fairy. But as a parent, it can be tough to know the proper way to help your child when his or her primary tooth is ready to come out.

Kids & Tweens

When the tooth fairy visits and new teeth emerge, we tell you how sealants help and why getting to the dentist regularly is important for kids.

Caring for children’s teeth between ages 6 and 18
You can help your children literally make their permanent teeth permanent. Just teach your kids to take great care of their teeth at a young age for a healthy smile that can last a lifetime.
The Best Breakfast Foods for a Healthy Mouth
Cereal may be an easy go-to meal for hectic mornings before school and work, but some varieties are filled with artificial sweeteners and refined sugars that can wreak havoc on your dental health.
Keeping Dental Health Fun
February is National Children’s Dental Health Month. Make oral health fun with these tips.
Creating a Dental Health Routine
Routines can play an important role in helping us develop healthy habits — and that goes for dental health, too.
Help Your Kids Have Healthy Smiles
What children eat and drink can have a big impact on their dental health.

Teens

Braces and wisdom teeth are top of mind in these years. We help protect our teen members with important information about managing dental pain safely.

Brush Up On Tooth-Brushing Skills
Brushing twice a day for two minutes is essential for reducing bacteria, fighting plaque build-up and removing stains from teeth.
Snack Smart
Did you know that the average American eats about 147 pounds of sugars a year? That's a big pile of sugar! No wonder the average 17-year-old in this country has more than three decayed teeth!

Adulthood

We get it — you’re busy, and oral health care might be at the bottom of your priority list. We’ve got tips and tricks to fit the care you need into your jam-packed schedule.

Mouth feeling dry? Here’s how to cope.
Did you know that a dry mouth can increase your risk of tooth decay, gingivitis and mouth infections?
Want better health this year? Start with your mouth!
Did you know that healthy teeth and gums play an important role in your overall health?
Smile for Success
Good oral health is about more than just a bright healthy smile — taking care of your teeth and gums can also help you feel successful.
What Your Smile Says About Your Health
Ever heard of smile therapy? A genuine smile is powerful, as it increases dopamine and endorphins in your brain, boosting a sense of reward and pleasure.
Keeping Teeth Healthy on the Road
Traveling as a family can sometimes be stressful, especially when it comes to packing. Fortunately, taking care of your teeth while traveling is easier than you think!
Colds, Coughs … and Cavities?
Did you know certain syrupy medications can cause tooth troubles?
Diabetes: The Oral Health Link

Links between health conditions and gum disease have been studied in great depth. Under particular scrutiny is how periodontal disease may relate to diabetes.


Late Adulthood

We help you learn how chronic health conditions affect your teeth and gums — and how your dentist can help.

Avoid These Oral Health Mistakes
Skipping dental visits, storing your wet toothbrush in a closed case and going overboard with whitening treatments are just some of the mistakes that might put your oral health at risk.
Healthy Mouth, Healthy Body
A healthy mouth is good for the rest of your body, too. Studies show people with periodontal (gum) disease often have heart disease, though it’s unknown whether one causes the other.

Oral Health on the Go

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