Resolve to focus on a healthy mouth.
Sacramento, Calif. (PRWEB) January 04, 2013
The California Dental Association recommends a New Year's resolution that commits to a healthy oral hygiene routine. A few essential steps to maintain good oral health include brushing with a fluoride toothpaste, flossing, avoiding sugary drinks like soda and scheduling regular dental checkups with your CDA member dentist.
“Removing plaque from the mouth keeps teeth and gums healthy, and the best way to do that is by brushing and flossing,” said CDA President Lindsey Robinson, DDS, a pediatric dentist. “It's important to brush with a fluoride toothpaste as fluoride reduces bacteria levels in the mouth. It also remineralizes tooth surfaces to make them stronger.”
Parents should begin a dental hygiene routine with their children at a young age, including wiping baby's teeth and gums with a damp washcloth at least twice per day and after eating. Begin brushing children's teeth with a pea-sized dab of toothpaste at age two.
Teach yourself and your children to spend two minutes, twice a day brushing with a fluoride toothpaste and flossing at least once each day to clean between the teeth. CDA recommends helping your child brush and floss until they have mastered this skill, usually around age 8.
“Teaching your children a simple brushing and flossing routine can help them develop lifelong habits to keep their mouths healthy and prevent gum disease,” said Robinson
As a commitment to practicing good oral hygiene habits, CDA also suggests replacing toothbrushes every three to four months or when the bristles show signs of wear. Worn-out toothbrushes can't properly clean teeth and could injure gum tissue.
It is also important to eat a balanced diet, limit between-meal snacking and drink plenty of water to keep gums hydrated and rinse away food particles that would otherwise stay in the mouth and allow bacteria to grow.
To keep a healthy mouth and bright smile all year long, remember to brush, floss, avoid sugary drinks like soda, and visit your dentist for regular checkups.
About the California Dental Association
The California Dental Association is the non-profit organization representing organized dentistry in California. Founded in 1870, CDA is committed to the success of our members in service to their patients and the public. CDA also contributes to the oral health of Californians through various comprehensive programs and advocacy. CDA's membership consists of more than 25,000 dentists, making it the largest constituent of the American Dental Association. For more information, visit cda.org.
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