We hope you enjoyed your 4th of July holiday. July’s calendar is full of other fun and meaningful days to commemorate. Here are just a few:
|July 11||Cheer Up the Lonely Day|
|July 14||Macaroni and Cheese Day|
|July 22||Global Hug Your Kid Day|
|July 24||International Self Care Day|
|July 30||International Day of Friendship|
Since July 24th is International Self Care Day we would like to share with you tips for dental self-care. International Self-Care Day was started by the International Self-Care Foundation in 2011. It is always observed on July 24th . Of course self-care is something we can all do 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and will give us life-long benefits. The objective of International Self-Care Day is to celebrate the importance of self-care and to encourage the general public to practice responsible self-care.
Oral hygiene care is a vital part of everyone’s self-care. This special day to recognize self-care could be used to make it fun to educate children about self-care and taking care of their teeth. For example, teaching them about other children in different parts of the world who are doing the same thing. They can be given a special reward for doing a good job on taking care of their teeth this month such as a special outing, picnic, pool party, etc.
Here are some key points to educate them on:
It is best to floss before you brush your teeth. Flossing dislodges food wedged between your teeth. But also regular flossing may also reduce gum disease and bad breath by removing plaque that forms along the gum line.
Brush at least twice a day.
Brush at least in the morning and before bedtime. Take your time and brush for two minutes.
Use a good tooth brush.
You want to use a soft-bristle tooth brush. But as toothbrushes wear and the bristles can become frayed and worn and therefore may lose their effectiveness. We recommend changing your toothbrush out every three months.
Regular Dental Appointments Are Important
We recommend everyone get professional teeth cleaning at least twice a year. Many dental insurance policies will cover two cleanings per year, but few people take full advantage of their benefits. However, if you or your child experiences any of the following symptoms schedule to see your dentist as soon as possible.
- Red, tender or swollen gums
- Gums that bleed when you brush or floss
- Gums that begin pulling away from your teeth
- Loose permanent teeth
- Unusual sensitivity to hot and cold
- Persistent bad breath or an unusual taste in your mouth
- Painful chewing
If you need to schedule your regular professional teeth cleaning or have any of the symptoms above, please contact us and we’ll get you scheduled.
Dr. Ashley Anderson