Your teeth and gums play a vital role in your health and well-being. Your smile is also one of the first features others notice about you and can have a major effect on your confidence. That’s why taking care of your teeth is so important.
National Smile Month does a great job of reminding us about the importance of dental health and how to celebrate the occasion with a big smile. Let your team of McAllen dentists here at WhiteWing Dental give you the low down on National Smile Month and also provide you a few tips on how to keep those pearly whites beautiful.
A Brief History on National Smile Month
National Smile Month was founded in 1977 by the British Dental Health Foundation (BDHF) and was first known as “The Smile 77 Project”. At the time, the event was only a week long but would soon be followed by the first National Smile Week in 1979.
Every year since then, the campaign has continued to grow in stature and recognition, with each year following a different theme. Eventually, in 2009, the National Smile Month campaign was introduced in the United States. The BDHF would come to partner with Oral Health America in order to promote good oral healthcare. Amazingly, National Smile Month even spread to the United Arab Emirates in June of 2014.
The original objective of National Smile Month was to increase communication and create a relationship between British dentists, their patients, and anyone in the community who didn’t have regular dental care. The BDHF sought to provide education on the importance of dental health care and how failure to do so could lead to serious health problems.
Within 42 years, this celebration has had a significant impact on dental health throughout the United Kingdom and the United States of America.
A Few Tips for Celebrating National Smile Month
It’s only right that we provide our readers with a few tips in commemoration of this fantastic campaign. These easy-to-follow tips can prove to be fundamental to keeping your teeth healthy and your smile gorgeous.
1. Only the best for your teeth.
From the age of three onward, the best option for plaque removal and for healthy gums is to use an electric toothbrush with a round (and soft) head.
2. Parents help your children.
Developing healthy routines starts at an early age, that’s why parents will want to help their children with their dental care from the very first tooth until around the age of seven. At this age, your little one is likely to want a bit more independence when brushing, just make sure to keep an eye on them.
3. Brush at least twice a day for 2 minutes and floss at least once.
Whether a child or adult, it’s always best to brush your teeth multiple times throughout the day, especially right before bed, to ensure that you remove all the sugars, plaque, and damaging bacteria that can lead to dental health problems.
4. Regular visits to the dentist is a must.
Parents should schedule regular checkups for themselves and their children. Ideally, you’ll go at least twice a year so that any potential oral health issues can be identified and corrected.
5. Eat healthily.
Your diet plays a huge role in your oral health and eating nothing but sugary treats is sure to leave you with plenty of cavities. Make sure to eat healthily including enjoying plenty of vegetables and water.
Don’t Forget Summer Dental Care
Summer vacation is here in the Rio Grande Valley and that means plenty of opportunities to be a little lenient on our oral health – especially with our children. Of course, we don’t want them sitting at home enjoying soda and candies all day, so we’ll want to be extra vigilant as parents to make sure they keep up with their oral health routine.
Our McAllen family dentists would also like to offer a few summer dental tips to avoid any accidents these upcoming months.
1. Swimming and keeping your teeth clean.
It can get absolutely scorching in the Rio Grande Valley and swimming is a great way to cool off. However, pools are filled with chlorine and other chemicals used to keep the water clean. What you might not know, however, is that frequent exposure to pool chemicals can result in discolored or brown teeth. Because of this, you’ll want to make sure you and your young ones brush regularly after swimming and schedule an appointment with our team at WhiteWing Dental to keep your pearly whites in tip-top shape.
2. Speaking of swimming…no running or diving!
An accident can happen in the blink of an eye around the pool. Do NOT let your little ones run around the pool or dive into shallow water. One wrong move can cause a ton of damage to their teeth.
3. Keep a routine.
During the summertime, we tend to fall out of our routine a bit. Children tend to fall asleep later and wake up later so that can throw them off schedule, but as a parent, you’ll want to make sure to remind them to continue brushing and flossing as usual. A healthy routine should also include eating plenty of nutritious foods and not just snacks because it’s summer.
4. Put the Gatorade down.
Yes, it’s going to be hot outside but that doesn’t mean you should indulge in Gatorade and other sugar-filled drinks. Drinking water is an excellent way to stay hydrated and also helps you avoid all those sugars that can lead to tooth decay.