There’s a lot going on March 20th. Not only is it the first day of spring, but it’s also World Oral Health Day (WOHD)! In order to encourage good hygiene habits and protect the health of citizens around the world, the FDI World Dental Federation started WOHD in 2013.
Living Mouth Smart
We decided to help our patients observe WOHD with this list of tips for Living Mouth Smart.
1. Keep Sugary Foods to a Minimum
Though indulging from time to time is OK—especially if you brush thoroughly afterwards—it’s vital that you keep your sugar consumption to a minimum. Sugar feeds the bacteria that causes tooth decay.
2. Expose Teeth to an Appropriate Amount of Fluoride
Fluoride is an essential mineral for a healthy smile. It fortifies your teeth against the sugars and acids that can cause decay. Fluoride is important for young children in particular, but you don’t want to overdo it. During your dental check-ups, be sure to ask your dentist if you have any questions about fluoride.
3. Protect Teeth During Sports
During high-impact activities, specifically those that involve falls, flying equipment, and blows to the head, it’s important to protect your teeth with a mouthguard.
4. Instill Habits in Children Early
Good habits begin in childhood, and unfortunately, so do bad ones. Make sure your kids grow up with a solid foundation for proper oral care. For more tips, check out our blog about National Children’s Dental Health Month.
5.See a Dentist Every Six Months
It is essential to make it into our office twice a year to remove tartar that may have built up and to check for issues that could cause further damage if left untreated.
6. Don’t Smoke
Unless you want to deal with problems like oral cancer, bad breath, gum disease, bone loss, and more, stay away from cigarettes.
7. Brush Twice a Day and Floss Daily
This should be an automatic part of your day. Brush every morning and night and floss once a day. Adding an extra brush after a messy meal, like one with lots of sugar, is a great practice as well.
A Healthy Smile for Life
March 20th will come and go, but with proper care, your pearly whites will last a lifetime. Be sure to keep the good habits going long after WOHD is over.