April is Dental Health Month

254A healthy mouth is an important part of a healthy lifestyle.  Keep your family’s smiles healthy for a lifetime by following these 5 steps to good oral health:

  1. Brush your family’s teeth, gums and tongue twice a day using a fluoride toothpaste. Floss every day.
  2. Eat a well-balanced diet.
  3. Check your family’s mouths regularly for signs of cavities, gum disease or oral cancer.
  4. Don’t smoke or chew tobacco.
  5. Visit your dentist regularly.

Get Snack Smart with your kids

  • Limit the number of times your child eats or drinks sugars each day.
  • Avoid sugary treats that stay in the mouth for a long time like hard candy or lollipops.
  • Avoid soft, sticky sweets that get stuck in your child’s teeth.
  • Serve sweets for dessert while there is still plenty of saliva in your child’s mouth to wash away the sugars (after meals).
  • Serve juice and milk during or at the end of mealtime. Drink water between meals.
  • Serve vegetables, cheese, nuts or seeds for snacks.
  • Have your child brush her teeth at least twice a day and before going to bed.

As part of a healthy lifestyle, practice good oral hygiene and have your family’s mouths examined regularly by your dentist. Only your dentist has the training, skill and expertise to identify and address your family’s oral health needs. To learn more about your child’s oral health, talk to your child’s dentist and visit the Canadian Dental Association website at www.cda-adc.ca.

~ Adapted from the Canadian Dental Association

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