Did you know that, in Canada, April is national oral health month? So what is oral health? The CDC defines oral health as “the practice of keeping the mouth, teeth, and gums clean and healthy to prevent disease. Dental hygiene and oral health are often taken for granted but are essential parts of our everyday lives.” Some countries routinely practice poor oral hygiene or have no “use for oral hygiene”. In America, we are so accustomed to being aware of our oral health that it almost becomes obsessive. However, that is a good thing for us dental professionals who love seeing our patients come in with a healthy, clean, and happy mouth! At Blue Orthodontics, we help patients practice good oral hygiene, emphasizing the areas of the teeth around braces. Invisalign is a nice alternative to braces for some patients. Invisalign moves teeth, like braces, and the Invisalign trays can be removed for eating and brushing. This dramatically eases hygiene. Visit www.blueorthodontics.com to learn more about appliance choices.
So what is needed to start with a healthy foundation for your child? The CDC states, “Proper tooth brushing is critically important to good dental hygiene.” Parents can help their children practice proper tooth brushing by starting to clean teeth early, using the right amount of fluoride toothpaste, supervising teeth brushing, and talking to a dentist about a child’s specific fluoride needs. More information on caring for children’s teeth may be found at CDC’s Brush Up on Healthy Teeth pages. We are looking forward to seeing all those clean and healthy smiles! For more information on orthodontics or to answer any questions please visit us at www.blueorthodontics.com.
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