February is National Children’s Dental Health Month

American Dental Association (ADA) declares every February as National Children’s Dental Health Month. This tradition began in 1941 to increase awareness and emphasize the importance of oral health in children. Did you know that each time you brush, you are supposed to spend one minute brushing your upper teeth, then another minute brushing your lower teeth?

Experts recommend that all people should visit a dentist twice a year. If it has been a while since you’ve had a dental exam, schedule one!

 

Flossing Can Damage Gums If Not Done Carefully

A dental hygienist once told me, “Please don’t take this the wrong way, but flossing will be more effective for you if you do it properly.” What she meant is that I was flossing too quickly, and this was harming my mouth 4 ways:

1. Pushing my gums down, 2. Damaging the surface of my gums (increasing vulnerability to bad microbes which can make me ill), 3.  Opening up space around the base of the teeth so that plaque could form below the gumline, and 4. Failing to remove plaque from around the circumference of each tooth.

SOLUTION:  It’s very simple. I now take my time, slowly working the floss between my teeth, and wrapping the floss around each tooth. Using Plax pre-brushing dental rinse also loosens plaque, making it easier to remove the plaque.