National Children’s Dental Health Month

          February is National Children’s Dental Health Month.  The month is dedicated to raising awareness about the importance of oral health across the United States.  It is important to teach children at an early age proper home-care techniques and healthy eating habits. 

          Brushing at least twice daily for two minutes is an important step in creating and maintaining a healthy mouth.  Brushing two times daily will help reduce the accumulation of bacteria known as plaque and calculus (tartar), and can reduce the risk of cavities and gingivitis. 

          Daily flossing is another crucial step in creating a healthy smile.  Flossing removes food and bacteria from between the teeth and gums where a toothbrush cannot access.  The lack of flossing is related to decay, gingivitis, and periodontal disease.

            Another step in your daily home-care routine should be rinsing with mouthwash.  Numerous over the counter rinses are available.  Fluoride can be found in some rinses, such as Listerine Total Care, ACT, and Crest Pro Health. Fluoride is an active ingredient that decreases the risk of decay and tooth sensitivity.  Brushing, flossing, and mouthwash are all important steps in creating a healthy smile.