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Establishing Good Dental Habits For Children Advised.

The Seattle Times (3/6, Villalpando) stated that “it’s never too early to start good dental habits,” sharing advice for promoting dental health in children. Among several tips provided, the article recommended parents clean inside their baby’s mouth before teeth come in by wiping the gums, adding that children should have their first dental visit by age one.

        The Laurinburg (NC) Exchange (3/9) also provides oral health tips, noting the American Dental Association (ADA) celebrated National Children’s Dental Health Month during February. The article recommends brushing children’s teeth with fluoride toothpaste, for example, pointing to the ADA’s website for additional information on children’s dental health. provides additional information on caring for baby teeth.

Oral Health Affects Overall Health.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution (3/5) stated that “oral health can have a major impact on the health of not just your mouth, but your entire body,” providing tips to promote oral health. For example, the article recommended brushing twice a day with a toothpaste containing fluoride, flossing daily, wearing a mouth guard to protect teeth while playing sports, and visiting the dentist regularly, among other tips.

Caring For Gums Encouraged To Prevent Periodontal Disease.

The Portland (OR) Tribune (3/1, Keith) discusses periodontal disease, stating “neglect of the gums can lead to infection, bleeding gums, soreness and tenderness.” The article recommends taking steps to ensure good oral health, including brushing and flossing daily.


National Children’s Dental Health Month Promotes Oral Health.

KUSA-TV Denver (2/29, Shiff) reported on its website and during a broadcast that February is National Children’s Dental Health Month, an event that has grown from a one-day event in 1941 into a nationwide, month-long observance. KUSA observed, “By participating in the annual celebration of National Children’s Dental Health Month, members of the dental team, parents, teachers and others can help keep children’s smiles beautiful now and for years to come.”

Poll Shows Dental Hygiene Highly Correlated With Americans’ Well-Being.

The Washington Post (2/23, Chokshi) reports the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index, which “ranks 190 metropolitan areas by the well-being of their residents based on a survey of more than a quarter-million Americans,” was released Tuesday and found the most satisfied Americans “share at least one unintuitive characteristic: good dental hygiene.” The Post says “places where people have good dental health also tend to be places where they report being generally fulfilled.” The article goes on to list cities and states that rank highly in terms of well-being. At the top of the list for cities are Naples, FL, Salinas, CA, and Sarasota, FL. Florida, California, Colorado, and Texas were “home to many of the communities with the highest well-being scores.” Dan Witters, research director for the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index, said dental care habits are a “surrogate” for well-being, adding, “People who take good care of their teeth generally think they have higher well-being lives.”

Severe Gum Disease May Increase Risk Of Death In Patients With Chronic Kidney Disease.

HealthDay (2/18, Preidt) reports that research published in the Journal of Clinical Periodontology suggests “severe gum disease increases the risk of death in chronic kidney disease patients.” Investigators looked at data on approximately “13,700 Americans who took part in a federal government health survey.” The data indicated that “the 10-year death rate among chronic kidney disease patients was 41 percent for those with severe gum disease, compared with 32 percent for those without severe gum disease.”

Oral Health Tips Provided In Honor Of National Children’s Dental Health Month.

With National Children’s Dental Health Month underway, several sources continue to discuss the importance of preventive dental care, providing tips to promote children’s oral health.

        In honor of National Children’s Dental Health Month, Foster’s Daily Democrat (NH) (2/10) shared oral health tips from the New Hampshire Dental Society, pointing readers to the ADA’s site for “tips and other fun ways to help children learn about oral health.”

        The Finger Lakes (NY) Times (2/10) reported that Seneca County Public Health is joining the American Dental Association and the ADA Foundation to help promote National Children’s Dental Health Month by distributing “free dental health kits for children and adults” and setting up donation boxes for the upcoming local “Smile Drive” effort. The article provided oral health tips, recommending brushing teeth twice a day for two minutes and daily flossing, among other tips.

        In an article in the Alamogordo (NM) Daily News (2/10), Capt. Russell Stephens, 49th Aeromedical Dental Squadron, provided oral health advice in honor of National Children’s Dental Health Month, discussing how diet affects dental health. “By choosing better snacks, being aware of what children drink and being involved in their daily brushing routines, you can set them up for a lifetime of healthy smiles,” writes Capt. Stephens.

        Westchester (NY) Magazine (2/11, Caffin) states that February is National Children’s Dental Health Month, and “the American Dental Association (ADA), as well as thousands of dental health professionals and educators are using the observance to declare war on sugar and to educate and inform people of the importance of proper dental hygiene, particularly in little ones.” The article shares four tips from a New York dentist on caring for children’s teeth.

        Additional information and resources for National Children’s Dental Health Month are available at

Humidifier Use May Have Oral Health Benefits.

The Huffington Post (2/8, Tollefsen) states that “winter dryness can affect everything from your teeth to your throat and even contribute to the onset of the flu virus,” adding that using a humidifier may “help combat winter’s negative impact by adding moisture to your living environment.” The article states that “humidifiers help support saliva production, a process that preserves the health of the oral cavity, gums and throat,” while staying hydrated also helps prevent “mouth-related soreness.” In addition, “adding moisture to your environment also keeps bacteria build-up at bay and fights dry mouth, a condition that makes you mouth feel constantly parched.” provides additional information on saliva and dry mouth.

Seven Tips Provided For Effective Mouthrinse Use.

Bustle (2/6, Borovic) recommended selecting the right mouthrinse among seven tips provided for how to properly use a mouthrinse. The article stated there are two types of mouthrinse available, according to the American Dental Association: cosmetic and therapeutic. For a therapeutic mouthrinse, the article recommended Listerine Soft Mint Antiseptic, a mouthrinse with the ADA Seal of Acceptance.


Tips Provided To Promote Successful Dental Visits, Proper Dental Habits.

The Tri-County Times (MI) (2/3) recommends parents help children acclimate to dental visits by demonstrating proper oral hygiene, bringing children to see the dentist by age one, reading books about dental visits, being supportive, and using positive words to “make the visit seem fun and positive rather than scary and alarming.” also provides tips for ensuring children have a successful dental visit.

        The Bristol (VA) Herald Courier (2/2, Spell) reports that Dr. Peter Vanstrom, a dental consultant for CNN medical and a member of the editorial board for WebMD, encourages parents to instill proper dental health habits in their children by using soft-bristled toothbrushes and not brushing too forcefully, having a positive attitude toward oral hygiene, and helping children avoid developing “bad oral habits,” such as chewing ice. Additional information on caring for children’s teeth is available at

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