Monday, February 11, 2013

February - National Dental Health Month

February is National Dental Health Month!  Here at Uptown Smile we want to continually raise awareness throughout the month of February among our clients and their families about the importance of good oral health habits.  

National Dental Health Month actually began as a 1 day event on Feb. 3, 1941. The ADA held the first single day observance that year.  In 1955 it became a week long event.  It wasn't until 1981 that the ADA extended this event to a full month long observance.

Many people, young and old, believe that it takes a lot of effort to change your oral health habits, but we beg to differ.  Here are a few ideas to teach your children, and maybe re-teach yourself to create a happy and healthy mouth.
  • Begin by making sure you and your family eat a healthy diet, rich in fruit and vegetables. As much as you can avoid sugary foods.  Did you know that high fiber fruits and veggies such as carrots and apples help prevent tooth decay?
  • Make brushing a "family activity."  This will encourage children that brushing isn't a chore, but something that the whole family can do together.
  • Brush your teeth at least twice a day for a minimum of two minutes.
  • Floss once a day.  This assists in removing plaque from between teeth. Show your children the correct way to floss.
  • Last, but not least, see your dentist regularly!

Citation: Disabled World News (2010-10-02) - National Dental Hygiene Month tips to help build good oral hygiene habits: