February is National Children's Dental Health Month. Dental professionals focus on patient education in all aspects of dental health, from eating the right foods to proper brushing and flossing techniques. Our primary goal is to help people of all ages achieve healthy teeth and gums, an efficient chewing apparatus and ultimately a beautiful smile.
This month, dental professionals take time to educate the community with short presentations geared towards many different audiences, from PTA's, church groups, community organizations, schools, girl/boy scouts and many other gatherings. Contact your health professional to schedule your presentation to raise dental health awareness.
Orthodontics and accurately aligning teeth, bone and jaws play an important role in achieving a healthy smile. When teeth and bone have been affected by neglect, improper brushing and flossing, lack of suitable brushing “tools” or bad eating habits, there is a diminished capacity to adequately nourish your body. Teeth, jaws and muscles must be well aligned to allow appropriate maintenance and avoid cavities, bone loss or periodontal disease, gingival inflammation or gingivitis. There is a direct correlation between oral health and such general health diseases as heart disease and diabetes.
Remember the American Dental Association recommends that you 1) Change your tooth brush at least every 3-4 months; a worn, frayed toothbrush will not do a good job. 2) Brush at least 3 times a day with fluoride toothpaste; 3) Floss once a day with floss or interdental cleaner, as tooth causing bacteria lingers between the teeth where bristles can't reach. This helps remove plaque, a sticky film, and food particles between the teeth and near the gum line. 4) Eat a balanced diet, limit sugary foods and limit between meal snacking. 5) See your dentist at least twice a year for a cleaning and exam.