For many, the month of June brings several exciting occasions: the last day of the school year, summer solstice and Father’s Day, to name a few. But there’s one summer event to celebrate the entire month of June: National Smile Month!
National Smile Month is a great time to remind yourself and your loved ones the importance of good oral health, and ways you can maintain healthy practices throughout the year.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), tooth decay remains the most common chronic disease among children, four times more common than asthma. Even more upsetting is the statistic the CDC recently reported that 47.2 percent of U.S. adults have some form of periodontal disease. Luckily, tooth decay and gum disease are nearly 100 percent preventable.
The American Dental Association recommends the following steps to improve your oral health, so you and your family may celebrate National Smile Month for many years to come:
- Maintain a healthy diet. Keep a food diary for a week. Record every item you eat and drink, including hard candies or chewing gum that contains sugar. Compare the diary to the food pyramid recommendations found on the U.S. Department of Agriculture's website.
- Drink plenty of water. Tap water is preferred to bottled water as community tap water is most likely fluoridated and fluoride is a safe and known cost-effective way to prevent oral disease and reduce dental care costs.
- Limit the number of between-meal snacks. When you must snack, choose nutritious foods that are low in sugar like fruits and vegetables.
- Brush thoroughly twice a day with fluoride toothpaste that has the American Dental Association’s Seal of Acceptance.
- Floss daily to remove plaque (a thin film of bacteria) from under the gums and between teeth.
- Schedule regular dental visits for checkups and cleanings.
A healthy smile is something to celebrate—and that’s what National Smile Month is all about. For more information, visit www.DeltaDentalWa.com.